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Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2012 Sep;39(3):347-57. doi: 10.1016/j.ogc.2012.05.003. Epub 2012 Aug 11.

Description of a successful collaborative birth center practice among midwives and an obstetrician.

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Reading Birth and Women's Center, Reading, PA 19607, USA. RBWCjs@gmail.com

Abstract

Collaboration among professional groups is essential for safe and efficient health care. Midwifery care is optimized when allowed to function independently within an integrated health care system of support to address complications should they arise. A formal process for collaboration facilitates a smooth, expedient flow of information and decision making in a time of need, maximizing safety and efficiency. This article describes a successful collaborative model among four midwives and one obstetrician that addresses the impending maternity health care provider shortage, the needs of vulnerable populations, and cost-efficiency through appropriate use of technology and choice of health care provider.

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22963694
DOI:
10.1016/j.ogc.2012.05.003
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