The Laborist Program at Huntington Hospital
A program at Huntington Hospital began in 2015 called the Ob Hospitalist Service, but many of us use the term Laborist. The Laborist is a Board-Certified Ob/Gyn doctor physically present in the hospital 24 hours a day. This doctor works for the hospital and provides emergency services to patients in the Labor and Delivery unit depending on the situation.
The most important reason for the presence of the Laborist is in case of emergency. We know that sometimes an incident can occur at any time of the day or night where the immediate presence of an experienced obstetrician can be vital. Private doctors are on-call but they are not always physically present in the hospital, especially at night, weekends and holidays. This is the main function of the Laborist, to be available in case of a true emergency, when your own private obstetrician is not present in the hospital.
Laborists are also willing to step in to provide OB services for our patients in non-emergency situations. Your private obstetrician may request the assistance of a laborist from time to time as the need arises. For example, when you first arrive to the hospital, you are placed in the OB ED (Obstetrical Emergency Department). The Laborist on duty might see you to perform a Medical Screening Exam (MSE).