Title

Description of a Successful Collaborative Birth Center Practice Among Midwives and an Obstetrician.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1-2012

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.

Publication Title

Obstetrics and gynecology clinics of North America

First Page

347

Last Page

357

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