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The COX OBED is staffed 24/7 by board-certified, emergent care OB/GYNs.
Rhonda Donnelly is nurse manager in Labor and Delivery OBED and PCU at Cox Health. She says the department is for women experiencing problems with their pregnancies.
"Decreased fetal movement, 'I think I'm in labor, I think my water's broke,' those kinds of issues--pregnancy-related issues--high blood pressure, things like that," she said.
Before June 4th, when the OBED opened, a labor and delivery triage was staffed by nurses who would call a physician and do an assessment over the phone. She says having a physician present at all times benefits expectant mothers.
"It's better for them for being able to see a physician right away. Oftentimes, getting that critical assessment from a physician is crucial in those first stages. Those emergent cases that come in that need immediate c-section or immediate intervention for the pregnancy the physician is right there, and they don't have to wait for them to come in," she said.
Expectant mothers who are experiencing emergencies not directly related to their pregnancies are treated in the Cox South Emergency Department.
CoxHealth is partnering with the Ob Hospitalist Group to offer the OBED services.
For KSMU News, I’m Michele Skalicky.