Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program
The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program at South Shore Hospital is designed specifically for women with high-risk pregnancies. We have the expertise and advanced technology to care for pregnant women with a full spectrum of special needs. The team includes maternal-fetal medicine physicians, a nurse coordinator, ultrasound technicians, and genetic counselors.
Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) Program
The CNM Program is designed for women with low-risk pregnancies. The certified nurse midwives work with our laborists (OB/GYN physicians who work in the hospital setting only) and the private practices to offer midwifery care to patients in our region.
Although there are important differences between obstetricians and midwives, the professions share much common ground and overlap in the knowledge and care of our patients. When it comes to maternity care, our medical and nursing staff’s main objective continues to be: delivering the childbirth experience each family envisions, with the health and safety of each maternal/newborn patient being at the forefront of every decision.
OB Prenatal Testing (Triage)
Evaluations of many pregnancy-related issues are performed in this area at the direction of your physician/midwife. If you are in labor, you will be transferred to a birthing room.
We have birthing rooms for labor, birth, and recovery. There are four operating rooms to accommodate Cesarean births. A board-certified/board-eligible obstetrician is in the hospital 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; board-certified anesthesiologists are also on-site 24/7.
You may arrange for a tour of our obstetrical unit by calling our concierge services at (781) 624-4354.
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Mother and Infant Unit
While your physical and emotional needs are always of importance and being addressed by our staff, family education is the cornerstone of the care provided in our mother and infant unit after the birth of your baby. We encourage you to keep your baby with you as much as possible during your hospital stay, so that you may feel comfortable caring for your baby when you go home and take advantage of your educational offerings during your stay.
Maternal Special Care Unit
Patients requiring specialized nursing care before or after childbirth are cared for in the maternal special care unit within our mother and infant unit. This unit has ten dedicated, monitored beds.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)/Special Care Nursery
The Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is designed to care for infants requiring a higher level of medical and nursing care immediately after birth. It is staffed by a neonatologist (physician specializing in the care of complicated newborns) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These physicians are also on staff at Boston Children’s Hospital.
The special care nursery (SCN) provides care to infants requiring close, continuous observation as their condition improves and preparations for going home begin.
The NICU/SCN staff consists of nurses, a clinical nurse specialist, clinical dietician, pediatric pharmacist, respiratory therapists, lactation consultants, and rehabilitation specialists who have received special training in the care of ill or premature babies.