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Saint Peter’s University Hospital unveils new perinatal center

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Saint Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J., has opened a redesigned and expanded perinatal center that combines maternal-fetal medicine and antenatal testing services in a new facility.

Saint Peter’s became a Level 3 perinatal center in 1973 and became a state-designated regional perinatal center in 1992. More than 500 low-birth-weight babies are delivered at Saint Peter’s each year, and more than 2,200 high-risk obstetrics clinic visits take place a year, according to a news release.

Through an affiliation with Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, Saint Peter’s will be part of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network. Created by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the network focuses on clinical questions in maternal-fetal medicine and obstetrics, including preterm birth. “The network is a cutting-edge resource, enabling Saint Peter’s to offer the most up-to-date, best care that is available in today’s science for the health and well-being of women, their children and their families,” Marian Lake, RN, maternal-fetal medicine nurse manager, said in the release.

The center includes a perinatal emergency triage and treatment unit — an eight-bed unit that serves as an ED for pregnant women — along with a high-risk antepartum unit, an antenatal testing unit, a NICU and the infant prematurity assessment and prevention program, which offers diagnoses and treatment to prevent premature birth. •

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