What is an OB hospitalist? If you were to ask the most research savvy parents-to-be there’s a good chance they wouldn’t be able to tell you. But…imagine going into labor unexpectedly. You get to the hospital only to find that the hospital is unable to reach your private OB/GYN or your OB is miles away and can’t get to the hospital in time. It happens more than you think and that’s exactly why it’s imperative that your hospital has OB hospitalists on staff 24/7.
This year marks Halifax Health’s 10 year partnership with the OB Hospitalist Group, the largest dedicated OB hospitalist provider. This partnership allows Halifax Health to have board certified OB/GYNs on site 24/7 to provide care for all expectant mothers. In the event that your physician is not available, the OB hospitalists can examine and evaluate the progress of your labor, review test results and fetal heart rate tracings, stay on top of any problems that may be evolving, and provide you and your baby with a safe delivery, while working closely and communicating with your physician.
If an emergency occurs, an OB hospitalist is available on the scene, ready to respond. These hospitalists are highly skilled in a variety of delivery techniques and are required to maintain high levels of clinical performance and professional standards and specialized training in the management of obstetrical patients. Over the past 10 years, OB hospitalists at Halifax Health have cared for over 62,500 patients and have delivered 6,673 babies. This includes the almost 25,000 patients who have been seen in the OB Emergency Department.
OB hospitalists are partners with your regular OB/GYN physician, so our OB hospitalists will review your medical record and birth plan with your physician to accommodate your delivery wishes, depending on your medical circumstances. Everyone at Halifax Health – Center for Women & Infant Health, including your nurses, physician, and the OB/GYN hospitalist team, has your safety and your baby’s health as their most important priority.
At Halifax Health we are ready for every situation, especially the ones that you are not planning on. Having an OB Hospitalist Group on site 24/7 has saved the lives of mothers and babies, because even the most normal pregnancy can turn into an emergency. Sometimes, you don’t have minutes to spare.