OB/GYN hospitalists join ‘Team Mom’ at St. Mary’s
December 02, 2014
The contractions are how close together? Call the doctor and get to the hospital. Mom would love to be greeted by her doctor when she steps off the elevator on St. Mary’s sixth floor, but babies show little respect for the best laid plans of moms and doctors.
“Mom’s doctor may be unavailable or delayed, and even in our compact valley, a lot can happen during travel time,” says Geri Tamborelli, RN, director of St. Mary’s Women and Children’s Services. “That’s why starting December 3, we’ve added OB/GYN hospitalists to mom’s 24-7 care team.”
OB/GYN hospitalists are physicians who specialize in taking care of pregnant women and women in labor in the hospital. St. Mary’s hospitalists can perform a complete evaluation when mom arrives, monitor the progress of labor, answer questions, even deliver baby if it’s an early or emergency delivery. “They have access to mom’s medical records, communicate with her physician, and provide a complete report so continued care is thorough and consistent,” says Tamborelli. “Our goal is to give every mom and baby the best possible care even if mom’s doctor can’t be here.”
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