When Corvette Johnson’s water broke just 21 weeks into her fourth pregnancy last fall, she was rushed to a local hospital, where she says she was told to terminate her pregnancy. Instead, she sought help from the high-risk pregnancy experts at Pennsylvania Hospital, where she spent the next two and a half months in the Antepartum Unit (APU), which provides specialized care for women experiencing complications of pregnancy, including premature labor, pregnancy-induced hypertension and gestational diabetes.
“Our goal was to get her to 34 weeks and for her to have a successful delivery,” said Corrina Oxford-Horrey, MD, director of Obstetrical Services.
Corvette spent the next two and a half months at PAH. One of the hospital’s longest APU patient, she underwent intensive monitoring and “expectant management” – receiving antibiotic therapy and steroids to aid her baby’s development.