09/21/23

Nola.com: Nurse midwives could ease Louisiana's infant mortality crisis. Why hasn't the state embraced them?

There's a scarcity of nurse midwives in Louisiana. It’s challenging to persuade more OB/GYNs to move to rural communities in Louisiana. Yet, Louisiana is doing little to help attract and embrace certified nurse midwives to the state.

In many other states, nurse midwives are common in hospitals. They work alongside OB-GYNs and manage low-risk pregnancies. They can prescribe medicine to manage some medical conditions. They free up doctors to focus on more complicated deliveries and cesarean sections.

OBHG’s Dr. Rakhi Dimino says that unless the state alters course, “We will never be able to serve all the women who need care." Read more here on nola.com.


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