Medical study addresses OBGYN shortage in La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) A recent study is addressing the shortage of local obstetricians and creating new solutions.

Mayo Clinic Health System of La Crosse conducted a study that evaluated its Collaborative Care Model, which was first established in 2014.

The goal of the model is to reverse the OBGYN shortage and reduce burnout from overworking.

In this model, certified midwives perform low to moderate risk deliveries, which gives on-call OBGYN’s more time off.

By using the midwives, Mayo says they have been able to increase productivity and provide 24-7 care without forcing staff to work around the clock.

“There are hospitals that are using physicians as the gate-keeper or laborist, but we’re using midwives,” said Laura Harkness, a certified nurse-midwife at Mayo Clinic Health System.

Harkness says this model has become standard practice at Mayo in La Crosse.

Since using the Collaborative Care Model, the hospital has seen a decrease in C-section procedures and has improved patient, provider, and nurse satisfaction.