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As the number of working OB/GYNs continues to decline, the United States faces a widening gap in access to perinatal care services. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) estimates that the profession will experience an 18% shortage by 2030.
The practice of nurse-midwifery has been around for centuries and, despite years of struggle to achieve true legitimacy, recently has gained greater respect and acceptance by the medical community as well as healthcare insurers, who are now reimbursing for nurse-midwifery services in increasing numbers.
Today, an estimated 13,000 nurse-midwives are practicing across the United States. Though they are associated primarily with home births, they actually deliver 95% of their patients in the hospital or birthing center setting. Ob Hospitalist Group OB/GYNs collaborate with a wide array of women’s healthcare professionals every day, including nurse-midwives. In fact, OGHG employs certified nurse-midwives in five of our partner hospital programs.
October 2-8 is National Midwifery Week, sponsored by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Learn more about physician collaboration with nurse-midwife professionals by reading our white paper titled Examining the Merits of OB Collaboration with Certified Nurse Midwives.
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