Hospital Antepartum Care

The Women's Special Care unit provides inpatient care for high-risk women who need to be hospitalized before the birth of their children. We specialize in caring for pregnant women with diabetes, high blood pressure or cardiac complications, and in preventing preterm birth and managing fetal conditions or placenta abnormalities such as placenta previa or placenta accreta.

Our specially trained perinatal nurses know that "bed rest" is a misnomer. Hospital bed rest is some of the hardest work that mothers can do for their unborn children. The nurses here understand the issues and disruptions that families face, and attempt to make their stays as smooth as possible. Our goal is always to optimize care for the mother and the baby. Our services include:

  • Pregnant WomenWeekly patient support group
  • Individualized childbirth education
  • Wireless Internet access
  • In-hospital Fetal Assessment Unit
  • Small refrigerator and comfortable family seating in each room
  • 24/7 visiting hours
  • Personalized and compassionate care, to ease long hospital stays

If a patient's condition stabilizes or improves before the baby's birth, we can coordinate with the referring physician to return to their care or monitor the pregnancy on an outpatient basis.

About Our Center

Women's Special Care, one of only two such perinatal units in San Diego and Imperial counties, is located on the ninth floor of UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest. It has state-of-the-art technology and equipment to monitor the condition of each patient and her unborn baby. Our Labor & Delivery unit and Level III NICU are only a short elevator ride away.

Referrals and More Information

For more information or to request a maternity transport, please call Labor & Delivery, 619-543-6600 .