The Perinatal Evaluation Center (PEC) is a special maternity admissions area that serves as an emergency room for pregnant women and a place for early labor examination.

What to Expect

At the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), the PEC links to the labor and delivery unit. It is run by nurse practitioners and midwives with specialized training in triaging women throughout their pregnancy and in labor.

Mothers receive immediate expert care in a private, comfortable setting and can be examined, cared for and sent home -- or if necessary, sent directly to Labor and Delivery.

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