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Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2012 Sep;39(3):323-34. doi: 10.1016/j.ogc.2012.05.001. Epub 2012 Aug 15.

The birth of a collaborative model: obstetricians, midwives, and family physicians.

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Department of Family Medicine, Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA 02118, USA.


In the United States, the challenges of maternity care include provider workforce, cost containment, and equal access to quality care. This article describes a collaborative model of care involving midwives, family physicians, and obstetricians at the Boston Medical Center, which serves a low-income multicultural population. Leadership investment in a collaborative model of care from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Section of Midwifery, and the Department of Family Medicine created a culture of safety and commitment to patient-centered care. Essential elements of the authors' successful model include a commitment to excellence in patient care, communication, and interdisciplinary education.

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