OB Hospitalists and Obstetrical ED

“Hospitalist” is the general term for a physician who specializes in caring for hospitalized patients, from admission to discharge. They communicate with patients’ primary care physicians. Bayhealth works with several hospitalists, including ones who are trained and board certified in providing obstetric and gynecological care.

At Bayhealth, OB hospitalists assist in providing care to expectant mothers and other OB patients. They are onsite 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. These hospitalists coordinate patient care with a primary physician; evaluate the progress of labor; and review test results and fetal heart rates to ensure a safe delivery for mother and baby. The OB hospitalists also provide coverage for the Obstetrical Emergency Department (OBED), which is located adjacent to the Labor, Delivery, Recover and Post-Partum (LDRP) suites at Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus and Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus, and delivers care to obstetrical and gynecological patients who are facing emergency situations.

The OBED is for women who need this type of specialized care. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is staffed with a board-certified OB doctor and an experienced OB registered nurse. The OBED is available to any woman who needs obstetrical or gynecological care, no matter the hour of the day or night.

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