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Women's Health Services

Advanced Obstetrical Care at Good Samaritan Hospital

Our multidisciplinary team, which includes our Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists and skilled nursing staff, takes a patient-centered approach to high-risk pregnancy care and offers comprehensive services tailored to your specific needs. The most common reasons patients visit the Advanced Obstetrical Care Unit are:

  • Clotting disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Discordant growth - when two or more babies compete for their respective shares of the placental blood supply
  • Gestational diabetes - pregnancy-induced diabetes
  • Group B streptococcus (GBS) - a type of bacteria that can be found in up to 40 percent of pregnant women that shows no symptoms, but may be life threatening if it is passed to the baby
  • Hyperemesis - prolonged nausea and vomiting to the degree of dehydration and malnourishment in pregnant women
  • Pregnancy-induced hypertension - chronic high blood pressure
  • Incompetent cervix- a cervix that begins to thin out and/or open too early in the pregnancy
  • Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) - when your baby is small for his or her gestational age
  • Monoamniotic twins - when two babies share the same amniotic sac and placental blood supply
  • Multiple gestation (pregnancy) - when you are pregnant with more than one baby
  • Oligohydramnios/polyhydramnios - when there is not enough amniotic fluid surrounding the baby, which could cause the umbilical cord to become more compressed and decrease the blood flow to the baby
  • Placental abruption - when the placenta has pulled away from the uterine wall, causing heavy vaginal bleeding and the baby to not get enough oxygen
  • Placenta previa - when the placenta lies low and partly or completely covers the uterus, causing the placenta to pull away from the cervix and cause heavy vaginal bleeding
  • Preeclampsia/HELLP Syndrome - high blood pressure beginning with pregnancy that can affect body organs and may cause face and hand swelling and, if not treated, could lead to seizures; HELLP Syndrome occurs when preeclampsia worsens to the point that blood pressure injures the blood vessels and red blood cells, causing plasma to leak and body organs to swell
  • Preterm labor - when labor starts more than three weeks before your baby is due
  • Premature rupture of the membranes - when the membranes holding the amniotic fluid around the fetus rupture or leak during pregnancy or before labor, possibly exposing the baby to germs in the birth canal that may cause infection
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vaginal infections