Hospitals look to laborists to fill gaps left by on-call obstetricians - PBS NewsHour

Hospitals are employing laborists, doctors who handle births and obstetrical and gynecological emergencies, as they seek to improve patient safety and as physicians increasingly recognize they need help responding to emergencies.

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“This is turning the OB/GYN into shift work no different from emergency medicine,” said Dr. Edward Yeomans, chairman of OB/GYN at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. “It goes against what I feel is the major calling of OB/GYN to be caring for their patients for months and years.

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