Antepartum Testing Unit

The Antepartum Testing Unit is a specialized unit to that provides fetal evaluation. At North Shore University Hospital, and Long Island Jewish Medical Center these units are provided within the hospital and provide services both for on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The unit is staffed by perinatologists, nurse practitioners, ultrasound technicians as well as support and clerical staff.  If you are an outpatient, a detailed report is generated and sent to your doctor's office after you are seen in this unit.  For inpatients, care is coordinated with your obstetrician, and communication with your obstetrician is maintained.

Special features of this unit include:

Our Antepartum Testing Unit is designed to meet the unique physical, emotional and social needs of expecting women in a family-centered environment.

The patients on this unit are closely monitored and receive thorough education on their individual diagnoses in order to obtain and maintain an optimal level of health and a positive outcome for mother and baby.

We utilize a multidisciplinary team approach in planning the care of each patient. We combine the skills of highly trained physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, lactation consultants, physician assistants, social workers, registered dietitians, physical therapists and case managers. The hospital's staff includes board-certified physicians as well as specialists in maternal-fetal medicine and neonatal medicine.

When You Are Admitted

Bed Rest

In high risk pregnancies, bed rest sometimes becomes necessary. This is done in order to keep you off your feet, and therefore keep pressure off your cervix. There are various levels of bed rest and the staff will review them with you when you are admitted. Bed rest can be very challenging because you might not feel sick. The staff is here to assist you in any way they can and they will help you come up with various ways of coping with the difficulty of bed rest. A social worker is available to you should you have issues or questions.

Bed Rest with Bathroom Privileges

Patients are allowed out of bed only to use the bathroom or shower. They must have a doctor’s order to shower.

Complete Bed Rest

Patients remain in bed at all times. You will be bathed in bed and you will need to use a bedpan or commode. Depending on your situation, your doctor may have you be in the Trendelenberg position, in which your head is positioned lower than your legs to take pressure off your cervix. (You may raise your head in order to eat your meals comfortably.)

Remember: Bed rest is temporary. It will be over soon! We encourage you to talk about your feelings and keep your room as comfortable as possible while you take this important measure for the health of your baby.

Visiting Hours

At North Shore University Hospital:  general visiting hours are; 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
At LIJ Medical Center:  general visiting hours are; 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

To promote optimal rest and good health, there is a limit of four people per patient bedside at any one time. Visitor passes are given out to each visitor and they should be returned when the visitor leaves.

Siblings of the baby and children over the age of 12 may visit during general visiting hours. Husbands/partners are welcomed to remain at your bedside for extended visiting hours, which will be reviewed with you upon admission. 

Bed Rest Diversions

Bed rest can cause boredom to set in. We have a program of activities to divert the mother on bed rest and help combat boredom.

Our amenities include:

  • TVs/VCRs
  • Movies
  • Journals/diaries
  • Educational materials and videos
  • Knitting and crochet supplies
  • Word search/crossword puzzles
  • Books and magazines
  • Manicure supplies

You may bring:

  • iPod
  • Portable DVD and CD players
  • Laptop
  • Portable gaming device

Our nursing staff will guide you and support you through this very challenging time of your pregnancy. Please do not hesitate to spend time with the staff exploring your emotions and stressful feelings.

For more information about the Antepartum Testing Unit at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, contact us at (718) 470-7636; at North Shore University Hospital, contact us at (516) 562-4458.

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