Call the Midwife! (If the Doctor Doesn’t Object)

January 16, 2019

(Kaiser Health News) – Every morning at Watsonville Community Hospital in Northern California, the labor and delivery team divvies up its patients — low-risk ones go to the midwives and high-risk ones to the physicians. Then, throughout the day, the doctors and midwives work together to ensure the births go smoothly. “We kind of divide and conquer,” said Dr. Julia Burke, chair of the hospital’s obstetrics and gynecology department. The hospital began allowing certified nurse midwives to deliver babies in 2017, part of an effort to decrease cesarean sections and make mothers happier.

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