South Shore Hospital opens state’s first ER for pregnant women

NEC member South Shore Hospital has opened Massachusetts’ first emergency room specifically for pregnant women. The new obstetrics facility is the first of its kind in the state and is meant for women who are at least 20 weeks pregnant or up to six weeks postpartum and may be experiencing a pregnancy-related emergency.  

The facility has been a long-term project for South Shore Hospital and is intended for expectant mothers in need of emergency care. The obstetrics facility is located in the Weymouth hospital’s birthing unit. The hospital had to make some changes to be certified as an emergency department, including the creation of an isolation room and waiting area. The location of the birthing unit also ensures quick access to surgical care for the most urgent pregnancy-related emergencies.  

Christine Just, executive director of behavioral health and obstetrics and gynecology at South Shore Health, said the specialized care makes an already stressful situation a little less so.”Before, pregnant patients would come to the (emergency room) and be surrounded by other emergencies, which can increase stress and anxiety,” she explained. “At the (obstetrics emergency department), they are seen by specialists and not surrounded by all these other emergencies.” 

The New England Council congratulates South Shore Health Systems on the completion of this new facility and for their commitment to providing efficient and effective care for expectant mothers. Read more in the Patriot Ledger.  

 

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