Antepartum, which means occurring or existing before birth, is the name of the unit that a patient will be admitted to should she require specialized in hospital care for her and her unborn baby prior to being ready to deliver.
An antepartum testing unit (ATU) is a specialized unit that is staffed by a team of perinatologists, nurse practitioners, ultrasound technicians and clerical staff. Special features of this unit include:
- Biophysical profile
- Doppler technology
- High-risk pregnancy consultation
The Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at North Shore-LIJ Health System offers comprehensive services to pregnant women with complex obstetrical and/or medical complications, which affect both mother and baby. Diabetics and patients with multiple gestations are included in this patient population.
Both North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center have been designated Regional Perinatal Centers (RPCs) for high-risk obstetrical and neonatal management and receive patient referrals and consultations from the obstetrical staff at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, as well as from other affiliated hospitals on Long Island and in Queens. As RPCs, North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset and Long Island Jewish Medical Center deliver the most comprehensive obstetric and neonatal care. Services are provided by perinatologists, specialists in maternal-fetal medicine and diagnostic obstetrical ultrasound, using the latest treatment methods for patients with complicated pregnancies. There is a High Risk In-Patient Unit at each hospital, specializing in antepartum care, for those patients in need of prenatal hospitalization.