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South Shore Hospital Introduces Hospital-Based Midwifery Program

For Immediate Release:
Media Contact: Sarah Darcy
March 29, 2013
(781) 624-8970

Midwives available to laboring women 24/7

South Weymouth, MA—March 29, 2013— South Shore Hospital is pleased to introduce a team of hospital-based midwives, called OB midwife hospitalists, to enhance its advanced maternal/newborn program. At the hospital, the primary role of the OB midwife hospitalist is to take primary care of women in labor who request midwifery care and support.

The midwifery program complements our obstetrics service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The midwives will also see patients at affiliated OB/GYN practices. Crown OB/GYN is the first practice to participate in the program.

The current duties and primary responsibilities of our OB midwife hospitalists are to:

  • Follow any patient in labor who requests midwifery care and delivery. During this process, the OB midwife hospitalist on-call will contact the attending physician for further discussion about having them assume care for the labor and delivery.
  • Triage all patients regardless of whether their OB provider is on South Shore Hospital’s staff.
  • Admit women presenting for an induction, which includes entering admission orders, reviewing prenatal record and consents, and completing a medical history and physical exam.
  • Evaluate any patient in labor, including cases in which the midwife is not taking “primary care” of a woman during labor.
  • Assist in postpartum discharge to home.
  • Evaluate postpartum patients and antepartum (before birth) patients with medical problems if the OB physician on-call is not available immediately to see patients.

Meet Our Midwives

Midwife Team
Front row, (l-r): Jessica Wilson, CNM; Jennifer Shaw, MD; Cristina Lete, MD;
and Susan Scotti Smith, CNM. Back row: Mary Hogan-Donaldson, CNM;
Deb Carlson, CNM; Julie Honan, CNM; and Julie Paul, CNM

South Shore Hospital has a long history of embracing the midwife model of care. Enhancing our maternal services with the addition of hospital-based midwives further strengthens our already comprehensive maternal/newborn program. Visit southshorehospital.org/maternity for more information about maternity programs at South Shore Hospital.

South Shore Hospital is a 378-bed, not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable provider of acute, emergency, outpatient, home health, and hospice care to the people of Southeastern Massachusetts. South Shore Hospital’s home care division includes South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the South Shore, and Home & Health Resources. The hospital’s 900-member medical staff represents all leading medical specialties. South Shore Hospital employs 3,800 people, supported by a team of 700 volunteers. South Shore Hospital is licensed to provide Level II Trauma care and Level III Maternal/Newborn care. South Shore Hospital has been ranked among the top three hospitals in Massachusetts, according to the 2012 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals report and named a Top Place to Work by The Boston Globe. Please call (781) 624-6673 or visit southshorehospital.org for a referral to a South Shore Hospital physician.

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