How diverse is NC's obstetric delivery workforce?

By Julie Spero

Feb 5, 2020

Row chart comparing the racial composition in North Carolina of Family Medicine Physicians who Deliver Babies, Certified Nurse Midwives, Ob Gyns who deliver, and the NC population.

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This work was supported by the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers.

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