O.B Physican Assistant

  1. I am a CRNA student currently and take some basic science courses with the PA student. In talking one day one of the students told me she was going to specialize in OB/Gyn and wanted to deliver babies. I have not heard of a PA doing deliveries. It was my understanding that the CNM's and OB's had this almost exclusively. I have little to no OB knowledge, and was just wondering what really goes on.
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  3. by   ayndim
    Quote from bwt02
    I am a CRNA student currently and take some basic science courses with the PA student. In talking one day one of the students told me she was going to specialize in OB/Gyn and wanted to deliver babies. I have not heard of a PA doing deliveries. It was my understanding that the CNM's and OB's had this almost exclusively. I have little to no OB knowledge, and was just wondering what really goes on.
    When I first read your post my instinct was that no way can PA's delivery babies. I have nothing against PA's but I wouldn't want them delivering my baby. Nor would I want an NP to do it. I see an NP for my primary care and CNM for ob/gyn care so I am all for mid-level providers. I definately wouldn't want an OB dr delivering me.

    Anyway, I had to look it up. Curiosity killed this cat. And here is what I found. http://www.aapa.org/gandp/issuebrief/womenh.pdf Sorry can't copy and paste from pdf. files. It appears that they can attend deliveries. I am not sure what additional training they need or the state regs but hopefully a PA can fill us in.

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