Pregnant mothers expecting a baby with complex medical issues will have a new place to seek care in Miami beginning in 2017, officials with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital said Tuesday in announcing a new partnership with Brigham and Women’s Hospital to develop a local high-risk labor and delivery unit.
Under the partnership, Brigham and Women’s healthcare experts will advise Miami Children’s Health System, which includes Nicklaus Children’s, on the development of a high-risk maternity ward, standards of care and clinical processes.
Patients and researchers at Miami Children’s also will have access to clinical trials and other research efforts led by Brigham and Women’s, which is based in Boston and affiliated with Harvard University.
The partnership is the latest step in a years-long effort by Miami Children’s to open a maternity ward in South Florida over the objections of competing healthcare providers.
Miami Children’s received state approval to open a 10-bed labor and delivery unit in 2013 after Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a bill authorizing the move.
Taxpayer-owned Jackson Health System and other Miami-area hospitals had opposed the bill, arguing that pregnant mothers expecting high-risk deliveries would receive better care in their facilities. Miami Children’s officials countered that having a maternity ward on its campus would save lives.