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Obstetrics Hospital Program

What is an Obstetrics (OB) Hospital Program?

St. Cloud Hospital has the only OB Hospital Program in Central Minnesota. OB hospitalists (laborists) are doctors who are in the hospital setting 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

At the St. Cloud Hospital Family Birthing Center, they:

  • Triage, round and manage patients who will soon deliver
  • Handle outside calls related to OB admissions, transfer and consults
  • Assist with delivering babies

What type of training do OB hospitalists have?

These doctors have at least:

  • Four years of medical school
  • Three years of OB residency training

The OB hospitalist role is becoming more prevalent in U.S. hospitals as studies show they can provide consistency of care and improve patient outcomes.