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Laborists (or obstetric hospitalists) are specialized doctors who care for pregnant women during labor and delivery at a hospital.
While these doctors do not replace an OB/GYN, a laborist is available around the clock in many hospitals to deal with pregnancy (obstetric) emergencies, such as premature labor or postpartum hemorrhage, and to handle deliveries until the patient’s regular doctor arrives.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican offers 24/7 laborist programs in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV. Call 702.616.4900 to find an OB/GYN and learn more about the laborists and birth centers at our Baby-Friendly Hospitals.
Many hospitals have developed laborist programs to improve the safety of moms-to-be. Because laborists rarely handle outpatients or elective obstetric surgeries, they are on-hand to dedicate their full attention to pregnant women in the hospital whose regular doctor has not yet arrived or who are in emergency situations.
Laborists provide many services to pregnant women and their doctors, including:
Many hospitals around the country employ board-certified doctors as laborists to respond immediately when a woman in labor arrives. While you may not know the doctor who attends to you when you get to the hospital, you will not have to wait for your obstetrician or an on-call doctor to arrive to receive care.
The laborist can assist with your delivery from beginning to end or just stand in until your regular doctor can take over. If you are in an emergency situation, the laborist will begin appropriate treatment immediately, without waiting for your doctor.
At Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican, you can rest easy knowing a fully trained obstetrician will be on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week to care for you when you arrive to have your baby.