OB Emergency Department (OBED)

What is an OBED?

When a woman is pregnant, all medical problems—even those not directly related to pregnancy—have to be treated with both Mom and baby in mind. The new OBED at Baptist, open 24 hours a day, is set up to take care of almost all possible problems in pregnant patients from 16 to 35 weeks. Everything from colds to high blood pressure can be evaluated. Nurses trained in labor and delivery and an OB hospitalist take care of patients in the OBED.

The OBED is located on the Labor and Delivery Unit in Baptist for Women.

The OBED or the ER?

Should you develop symptoms during pregnancy, your doctor will tell you if you should come to the hospital, and also where to go—the OBED or the ER.

For expectant patients who are faced with potentially life threatening conditions, such as blood clots, injuries from automobile accidents or medical conditions requiring care from multiple physicians, the OBED physician can begin treatment in the main ER. Once the patient is stable or in active labor, she can be transferred to the Labor and Delivery department where her own OB/GYN can take care of her. The OBED physician can then act as a consultant to her physician and even assist in surgery if required.

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