The provision of maternity care completes the full cycle of family care. The family medicine residents provide longitudinal care for their family medicine center prenatal patients, care for them through labor and delivery and then continue to provide care for this growing family. The experience is one which confirms the essence of family medicine.
Supervision of prenatal care and labor and delivery is provided by 6 family medicine faculty members. They bring a breadth of experience including private practice experience. They supervise continuity deliveries and provide additional 1:1 family centered OB teaching during the G1 rotation.
In addition, all G1 residents take a six-week rotation on the OB/GYN service at WellSpan York Hospital. York has an OB/GYN residency with an excellent teaching staff and conferences. As a referral center, the WellSpan York Hospital obstetric service provides a broad range of experiences. On this rotation OB/GYN and FM residents work side by side in an atmosphere of mutual exchange of ideas and learning experiences from both the OB and the family medicine perspectives.
Call during this rotation for the FM resident occurs with a G2 OB resident who serves as a mentor for the resident, minimizing competition for deliveries. The FM and OB departments have enjoyed an excellent working relationship for many years. A six-week obstetrics rotation is taken during the G2 year. This rotation provides an excellent experience to provide continuity obstetrics care for patients at Thomas Hart Family Practice Center. Residents have the opportunity to care for pregnant mothers prenatally, providing care for them at the time of delivery, and then caring for them and their babies in the outpatient setting. Additionally upper year FM residents have enjoyed electives with the OB residents at WellSpan York Hospital, gaining additional experience including management of L&D and more C-sections