Laborists fill in for Ob-Gyns to deliver babies

02/24/2009 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Laborists or OB hospitalists are a new addition to some hospital staffs and aid in delivering babies for other physicians' patients. The specialty is designed to fill the gap caused by a growing number of Ob-Gyns who have stopped delivering babies because of high malpractice insurance costs or scheduling constraints. It is a switch for patients, too, who don't meet the physician who is going to delivery their baby until they get to the hospital.

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