If you’re 16 or more weeks pregnant and experiencing a pregnancy-related health concern that requires immediate attention, Ohio State's 24/7 Obstetric Emergency Department (OB-ED) is here for you.

Important note: For life-threatening or non-pregnancy-related emergencies, call 911 or visit our General Emergency Departments at University Hospital or East Hospital. If you believe you’re in labor, contact your provider or their after-hours service.

Let’s put your mind at ease

If you’re worried about your health or the health of your baby, we’re here to help evaluate the situation and provide additional care as needed.

Our immediate goal is to complete a health assessment and testing needed to understand what’s going on, answer your questions and provide recommendations for the next steps.

  • When you arrive at the OB-ED, we’ll use a standard evaluation tool called the Maternal Fetal Triage Index to help us prioritize care for the most at-risk patients.
  • Please be assured your concerns will be fully heard and evaluated before your discharge.

Expert evaluation and peace of mind

Our team is dedicated to assessing your situation, providing answers and offering recommendations for the next steps. We prioritize your concerns and utilize the Maternal Fetal Triage Index for efficient and effective care.


Pregnancy concerns we treat

If you’re unsure whether you need an OB-ED visit, reach out to your provider. However, if you can’t reach them, our OB-ED is equipped to address a variety of concerns, including:

  • Cramping
  • Abdominal pain
  • Spotting or bleeding
  • Decreased fetal movement
  • Fever
  • Urinary tract symptoms
  • Injuries to the abdomen
  • Dehydration
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Swelling
  • Visual disturbances
  • Elevated blood pressure (BP)
  • Suspected Influenza or COVID-19 symptoms
  • Feeling generally unwell

Ohio State OB-ED location and directions

We’re always open and can be found on the 6th floor of Doan Hall.

Download maps and parking directions here.

Please see below for specific parking and entrance details based on the day and time of your visit.

Parking and entrance information

  • Weekdays/Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-5 p.m.
    We recommend that you park in the 12th Avenue Parking Garage and enter the hospital through the ground floor entrance opposite the parking garage. Take the Doan Hall elevator to the sixth floor.
  • Weekends/Saturday or Sunday, 6 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Please park in the SAFEAUTO Garage and enter the hospital through the 10th Avenue main hospital entrance. Take the Doan Hall elevator to the sixth floor.
  • After-Hours/Daily, 5 p.m.-6 a.m.
    Park in the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center garage or the SAFEAUTO Garage. Enter the hospital through the regular emergency department. We will help you get to the OB-ED on the 6th floor of Doan Hall.

Cost and Insurance

OB-ED visits are billed at an emergency department rate, and most insurance is accepted. Deductibles and coinsurance may apply.

Need an OB-GYN provider?

Ohio State offers comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology care at various convenient locations:

Patient Experience

The patient experience department is dedicated to making your stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Our team is available to assist with any non-medical questions or concerns related to your stay. All interactions between patients, or their representatives, and our staff are confidential. If you would like to speak with a patient relations coordinator, please call us:

Patient Experience University Hospital: 614-293-8944 
Patient Experience East Hospital: 614-257-2310 

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