For Physicians and Health Care Providers
General Guidelines for Referral
- Antenatal Home Care Program General Referral Guidelines (PDF, 268 KB)
A woman referred to the Antenatal Home Care program should meet the following criteria:
- Be under the care of an obstetrician, family physician or midwife who has admitting privileges at St. Boniface Hospital and/or HSC Women's Hospital.
- Resides in or has temporary accommodation within WRHA boundaries
- Be receptive to daily, community-based care, by the program nurses in the form of phone and home visits
- Have no apparent acute clinical concerns for maternal or fetal well-being present
- Be without active vaginal bleeding – such as passing clots or having bright red menstrual like flow
- Be available for daily contact including home visits by a program nurse between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The program is available to women who are pregnant or are in the early postpartum and are experiencing one or more of the following conditions
- Gestational Hypertension (with or without proteinuria)
- Essential hypertension (with or without super-imposed gestational hypertension)
- Postpartum hypertension – a continuation of an antepartum condition or a new diagnosis within the first 14 days of delivery
- Preterm Premature Rupture of the Membranes (PPROM)
- Threatened Preterm Labour
*Other high-risk conditions or a client whose condition is outside of program guidelines may be considered for admission to program following consultation with one of the program's medical advisors. This consultation must take place prior to the woman being discharged from hospital.