Family physicians make a substantial contribution to maternity care: the case of the state of Maine

Am Fam Physician. 2003 Aug 1;68(3):405.


Family physicians provided nearly 20 percent of labor and delivery care in Maine in the year 2000. A substantial proportion of this care was provided to women insured by Medicaid and those delivering in smaller, rural hospitals and residency-affiliated hospitals. As family medicine explores its future scope, research identifying regional variations in the maternity care workforce may clarify the need for maternity care training in residency and labor and delivery services in practice.

MeSH terms

  • Delivery, Obstetric / statistics & numerical data*
  • Family Practice / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Hospitals, Rural / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Maine
  • Maternal Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Physicians, Family / statistics & numerical data
  • Pregnancy
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Rural Health Services / statistics & numerical data*