Laborist Division Coordinates Care

The newly established laborist division improves the coordination of care in labor and delivery. Laborists lead the labor and delivery team, including all levels of staff and learners, directing the flow of patient care on the unit. They are responsible for all obstetric triage, ensuring labor and delivery runs efficiently, as well as managing the deliveries of the high-risk service. Laborists provide care for resident patients and drop-in patients, and serve as the primary back up for our midwife group.

The new division expands educational opportunities for residents, fellows, and medical students. The laborist division is responsible for the majority of both resident and medical student teaching on labor and delivery and serve on both resident and fellowship clinical competency committees. The laborist division is led by chief Andrea Tucker, MD.

Our faculty are active members on the Labor and Delivery Quality and Safety committee and help to lead initiatives like our postpartum hemorrhage task force. Our faculty orchestrate and organize multidisciplinary obstetric simulations in conjunction with our nursing leadership.

At UK HealthCare, laborists work in 12-hour shifts to help coordinate care during the hospital’s busiest times.