An opportunity for PAs as obstetrical laborists

Oren Berkowitz, Susan E. White

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The obstetrical laborist, based on the hospitalist model, can improve quality and safety of labor and delivery care. A laborist can be a physician assistant (PA), certifi ed nurse midwife, or obstetrician/gynecologist who provides care using a scheduled shifts model. Workforce trends show a rapid increase in certifi ed nurse midwives and PAs, which could stimulate the laborist movement and increase opportunities for PAs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-43
Number of pages4
JournalJAAPA : official journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • hospitalist
  • laborist
  • obstetrics
  • patient safety
  • physician assistant
  • women's health


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