By The Associated PressThe Associated PressMarch 11, 2018 6:05AMLOS ANGELES (AP) When doctors and nurses are in control of the hospital delivery of a baby, it’s sometimes difficult to know when the nurses have a problem.
For some women, that’s especially true when their partner is an obstetrician-gynecologist or a primary care physician.
But it’s not the case for all women, a new study finds.
The research, published in the March issue of the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, looked at a nationally representative sample of 4,000 women who were at least 18 months pregnant at the time they gave birth.
The researchers found that women who had a primary physician in charge in their delivery had a significantly higher risk of complications in the hospital, compared with those who had no primary physician.
The risk was even higher for women who delivered with a primary doctor who did not have experience delivering babies in the NICU, as well as women who didn’t have an epidural.
The study also looked at women who have had more than one pregnancy, compared to those who haven’t.
That’s a finding that could lead to a more informed and compassionate childbirth, experts say.
While it’s impossible to predict exactly what type of complications might arise during a birth, the study found that having a primary provider who has never delivered a baby had a higher risk than those who have delivered with them.
A primary care nurse, such as a nurse practitioner or midwife, may be more knowledgeable about how to care for a baby than a primary or an obstetrical nurse, but a primary obstetric or a general obstetric provider does not have the same training as an obstetrics or general OBGYN.