HOUSTON (May 02, 2013)

An expectant mom wants the best care for herself and her baby. Women’s Memorial Hermann at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center does too. That’s why the hospital now offers Ob/Gyn hospitalists as an added measure of care when an expecting mother’s regular Ob/Gyn is unavailable.

Here's how it works. In the event that an expectant mother needs immediate care, one of the Hospital's Ob/Gyn hospitalists can examine her, evaluate the progress of labor, monitor fetal heart rate and review test results. These board-certified Ob/Gyns - who are available to care for moms-to-be onsite at the hospital 24/7 - are trained in routine and emergent obstetrical care and therefore are equipped for any health issues that may arise. And, if necessary, they can deliver the baby.

"Having around-the-clock OB/Gyn hospitalists is a big benefit for our patients," says Michael Hold, MD, Ob/Gyn affiliated with Women's Memorial Hermann at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. "They are ready to step in at a moment's notice and provide care for any expectant mom who shows up at the hospital. Additionally, they coordinate care and communicate all results to the patient's regular Ob/Gyn to ensure the best possible outcome for the patient."

Expectant mothers should remember these tips when "after hours" care is needed: