Obstetrics (OB)

As a patient at Women’s Healthcare Associates we will assist you with your special delivery at Onslow Memorial Hospital.  When you arrive at the hospital, the nursing staff will evaluate your contractions, the baby’s heart rate and check for dilation of your cervix.  They will notify our doctor or midwife on call for further instructions.  You will be admitted to the labor unit when it is determined that you are in active labor or when your bag of water is broken or leaking.  Active labor is diagnosed by checking your cervix to assess for change within one hour when you are having regular contractions that are 5 minutes apart or closer.  While you are in labor, you may request pain medication via IV or ask for an epidural.

If you are having a scheduled Cesarean Section you will be admitted on the morning of your surgery.