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Group appointments give patients better access to physicians
Washington Post

On a recent weekday morning, 15 expectant mothers are gathered in a circle in a large room at a Washington hospital for a collective third trimester checkup.

A midwife is off to one side taking measurements of Marilis Quijada’s abdomen and using a Doppler monitor to listen to her baby’s heartbeat. She notes the results in Quijada’s chart, and as another patient steps forward to be measured — they each get a turn, and each has an individual chart — Quijada returns to the circle, where a nurse is leading a conversation on how to recognize the onset of labor.