Antenatal Evaluation and Testing Unit

During your pregnancy you may have questions or concerns that you feel cannot wait until your scheduled appointment and wish to bring them to the attention of your health care provider. If you call your provider, he or she may send you to the Hospital for further evaluation instead of waiting for your next office visit.

When you come to the Hospital, you will be directed to the Antenatal Evaluation and Testing Unit (AET U) located on 5 South. To reach the AETU, take the West elevators to the 5th floor. If it is between 7:00 am and 10:00 pm, our maternity admission staff will greet you, register you, and walk you to the AETU.

If you arrive after 10:00 pm, please use the Emergency Department (ED) entrance. The ED admission staff will register you at that time, and you will be escorted to the AETU. In the AETU you will be met by one of our specially trained antenatal nurses.

The time that you spend in the AETU will depend on the reason for your visit, as will the procedures that your provider may order. One common procedure is to listen to your baby’s heartbeat and assess your contractions on a fetal monitor. If you are being evaluated for labor, you will be escorted to a comfortable chair or stretcher where you and your baby will be monitored. After a period of time, or dependent on your condition, your provider or your nurse will perform a vaginal exam to assess the progress of your labor. If you are in active labor, you will be transferred to the Labor & Delivery Unit. If you are not in active labor, you may be asked to walk for a while to see how your labor progresses.

Other reasons to be seen in the AETU may include pre-operative screening for a scheduled caesarean birth, evaluation of preterm labor, ruptured membranes, abdominal pain, dehydration, bleeding, a non-stress test(a non-invasive test to assess your baby’s heartbeat) or assessment of you and your baby for any reason. The nursing staff in the AETU will be in constant contact with your provider and will keep him or her informed of both you and your baby’s status.