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Antepartum Care

The BC Women’s Antepartum Unit works with individuals who require hospitalization during their pregnancy related to complications for themselves and/or their unborn babies.

Our Services

Our goal is to provide specialized care to these pregnant persons to achieve the healthiest pregnancy and birth possible. 

Our Staff

Our team consists of experienced and caring nurses, maternal fetal medicine specialists, dieticians, and social work.   Together this team works collaboratively with you and your family to monitor your ongoing complicated pregnancy and to ensure your specialized needs for care are met. 

In Hospital

Antepartum Care in Hospital

 Pregnant individuals who may need to be admitted to the Antepartum unit may be experiencing: 

  • Preterm labour (contractions before 37 weeks of pregnancy)
  • Premature rupture of membranes (unexpected “water bag” leak)
  • Bleeding
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes management
  • Smaller than expected baby growth
  • Multiple pregnancy (more than one baby)
  • Polyhydramnious (more than the normal amount of fluid around the baby)
  • Fetal conditions (e.g. cardiac concerns, anemia)
  • Ongoing hyperemesis (constant nausea and vomiting)
Individuals with a medical or surgical concern such as:
  • Chronic pain (e.g. back pain)
  • Kidney conditions
  • Cardiac/lung conditions
  • Physical challenge (e.g. paraplegia)
  • Post surgical procedures 

Your Midwife or Family Doctor, in consultation with an Obstetrician or Perinatologist, will continue to care for you while you receive care on the Antepartum Unit. Care providers are available twenty-four hours a day.

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