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If something goes wrong do midwife's team with on-call ob/gyns?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Many do not

Great question. It is essential that you ask your midwife that exact question and make sure you clearly understand the protocol.
Certified nurse midwives (cnm) generally do have a formal relationship with a doctor. We have one in our practice. Cpms (certified professional midwives) who are not allowed to work in hospitals generally do not have formal on call coverage. Make sure you understand this important difference.

In brief: Many do not

Great question. It is essential that you ask your midwife that exact question and make sure you clearly understand the protocol.
Certified nurse midwives (cnm) generally do have a formal relationship with a doctor. We have one in our practice. Cpms (certified professional midwives) who are not allowed to work in hospitals generally do not have formal on call coverage. Make sure you understand this important difference.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Lanalee Sam
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Midwives consult OB

Midwives are usually required by law to have an OB on call in case complications occur. They often team up with obs for consultations as needed throughout a pregnancy and have relationships with hospitals to insure that all bases are covered during deliveries that may take place outside of a hospital setting.

In brief: Midwives consult OB

Midwives are usually required by law to have an OB on call in case complications occur. They often team up with obs for consultations as needed throughout a pregnancy and have relationships with hospitals to insure that all bases are covered during deliveries that may take place outside of a hospital setting.
Dr. Lanalee Sam
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Dr. Nicole Bullock
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Usually

Of course, it all depends.
Some hospitals have midwives on staff. In these situations, midwives help manage uncomplicated deliveries for the l&d unit. In the case of a delivery with a midwife that does encounter complications, yes, a ob/gyn physician is available to help. If a midwife is in private practice and is not affiliated with a hospital, then, no, back up help may not be available.

In brief: Usually

Of course, it all depends.
Some hospitals have midwives on staff. In these situations, midwives help manage uncomplicated deliveries for the l&d unit. In the case of a delivery with a midwife that does encounter complications, yes, a ob/gyn physician is available to help. If a midwife is in private practice and is not affiliated with a hospital, then, no, back up help may not be available.
Dr. Nicole Bullock
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