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Do private physicians or midwives offer maternity care and have privileges at NHRMC?

Amanda Lisk
StarNews

New Hanover Regional Medical Center is at 2131 S. 17th St.

“There are many physicians and midwives in private practice who offer maternity care and have hospital privileges at NHRMC. However, the 24/7 nature of obstetrics leads many physicians and midwives to join group practices,” said Carolyn Fisher, marketing and public relations manager at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Splitting overnight on-call shifts between a team of eight or nine doctors is a lot easier than being the only one to respond every time a baby is born, said Glen Meade OB/GYN CEO Paul Snyder.

“Babies are born 365 days a year. Having a sole practice, that can wear you out,” Snyder said.

Rising malpractice insurance costs for OB/GYN providers also weighs in. Medical specialties with the highest premiums include obstetrics and neurosurgery, according to a 2009 Reuters article. Malpractice insurance premiums for obstetricians range from $200,000 per year in high-cost states – with Nevada and Florida being the highest – to $20,000, the article said.

“We’ve had so many patients say they would love to see the same doctor every time they come in, but it’s extremely difficult to run a practice that way for the expense and the quality of life for the providers,” Snyder said.

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