Richard B. Stewart, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., is in private practice with four nurse-midwives in Decatur and Douglasville, Georgia. He initiated the first birthing center in Georgia, and was the first obstetrician to employ nurse-midwives in private practice in the greater Atlanta area. He received a BA Degree from Emory University and a MD from the Medical College of Georgia, where he later completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology. He also holds a Master's Degree in Theology from Columbia Seminary, and has spent four years as a medical missionary to Ecuador.
NURSE-MIDWIFERY PRACTICE IN AN IN-HOSPITAL BIRTHING CENTER: 2050 Births
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
1982 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 27, Issue 3, pages 21–26, May-June 1982
How to Cite
Stewart, R. B. and Clark, L. (1982), NURSE-MIDWIFERY PRACTICE IN AN IN-HOSPITAL BIRTHING CENTER: 2050 Births. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 27: 21–26. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(82)90037-4
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
In response to the expressed needs of expectant parents for noninterventionist family-centered maternity care, the Douglas General In-Hospital Birthing Center was established in late 1976, with approximately 80% of the deliveries being done by nurse-midwives. Patients are admitted to the practice regardless of risk factors. The majority are managed and delivered at the birthing center, with the exception of patients in active labor prior to the thirty-second week of gestation. Including those transported, the neonatal and perinatal mortality rates compare very favorably to the mortality rates for Georgia and the United States.