Title

Obstetrics in family practice: a personal and political perspective

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Date

8-1976

Document Type

Article

Subjects

Delivery, Obstetric; Family Practice; Female; Humans; Life Style; Male; Maternal Health Services; Neonatology; Obstetrics; Patient Education as Topic; Pregnancy; Regional Health Planning; Technology, High-Cost; United States

Disciplines

Community Health | Other Medical Specialties | Preventive Medicine

Abstract

A heated debate is currently taking place concerning the style, methods and location of future obstetrical and neonatal care. On the one hand, there is a trend toward increasing technology of obstetrical and neonatal care with some professional groups favoring regionalization of these services to large regional centers. On the other hand, there are counterforces to such regionalization including community hospitals, many practicing obstetricians, nurse midwives, the women's liberation movement, the "alternative lifestyle movement," the Leboyer concept of delivery, the family-centered maternity care movement, and the family practice movement. This paper explores these issues and presents important reasons for family-oriented obstetric and neonatal care involving the family physician in community settings readily accessible to patients. The inclusion of obstetrical care as an integral part of family practice is important to the growth and development of the specialty.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: J Fam Pract. 1976 Aug;3(4):391-6.

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Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

1053497

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