St. Joseph Hospital instituted a Laborist Program to enhance the safety of women and children entrusted to our care. St. Joseph Hospital laborists are board-certified obstetricians who remain on the unit solely to care for labor and delivery patients. Currently, laborist coverage is provided on holidays, weekends and week nights. During these times they are immediately available to examine you, evaluate the progress of your labor, detect and respond to laboratory abnormalities, answer your questions and provide a safe delivery.
St. Joseph Hospital laborists respect each family's birth plan and collaborate with your personal obstetrician, who remains in charge of your care. The laborist, upon request from your personal physician, is able to manage your labor until he/she arrives, or in the event that your doctor is unable to make it in time for your delivery. And, women have the option of trial of labor after cesarean section (TLAC), safely performed with the support of a laborist.
Emergencies can occur and when they do, time is precious. The laborist is already on hand, ready to provide lifesaving intervention. Because of this added level of safety and service, the St. Joseph Hospital Laborist Program receives high praise from patients, families, obstetricians and obstetrical nurses.