Iowa’s First Emergency Department for Troubled Pregnancies

From Iowa Public Radio:

Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines is opening the state’s first obstetrics emergency department.  It will be staffed around-the-clock by OB-GYN doctors.

Mercy and other hospitals across the state have long made nurses available to evaluate emergency cases among pregnant women. They would work in consultation with the patient’s personal physician, who was often not on-site. Now, maternity patients who are past 14-weeks of pregnancy and experiencing difficulties will be seen within 30-minutes of arrival at Mercy by a doctor. An internal fetal medicine specialist at the hospital, Jona Conklin, says this should relieve some stress.

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