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Laborists: Dedicated Specialists in Labor and Delivery

Cape Cod Healthcare recently expanded its obstetrics and maternity program at The Family Birthplace at Cape Cod Hospital to include a more patient-centered approach by ensuring a 24/7, onsite physician presence on the labor and delivery unit. This is known as a laborist model for patient care.

A laborist is an experienced, board-certified or board-eligible obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) focused on the care of women in labor and delivery of babies. A laborist is on-site at the hospital at all times and available to examine incoming patients, evaluate the progress of labor and provide a safe delivery, managing complications and emergencies should they arise. The development of the laborist model is supported by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as an approach that enhances patient safety and leads to better outcomes for mother and baby.

At Cape Cod Healthcare, we have seen an increase in the acuity of our mother’s expecting and giving birth. This trend has continued for years and this has been the reason we wanted to have a full-time physician presence at The Family Birthplace. Cape Cod Healthcare’s laborists bring an added level of safety and support for mothers and their babies.

A Collaborative Effort

On-site care provided by our laborists is supplemented by Cape Cod Healthcare certified-nurse midwives who provide labor and delivery support on evenings and weekends at Cape Cod Hospital. Working as a team, these highly trained physicians and midwives will assure that each and every mother receives the appropriate level of care given their unique set of circumstances.

We are so fortunate to have outstanding midwives that complement our OB physicians. Today, The Family Birthplace team at Cape Cod Healthcare includes 11 obstetricians and 6 certified nurse-midwives, an exceptionally robust team for the Cape Cod community.