Hello all, I'm a third-year medical student who is very interested in OB/GYN. I loved my rotation, especially delivering babies, but the "brutal" lifestyle still gives me a lot of hesitancy. I recently became aware of the possibility of becoming a shift-working "laborist". Prior to becoming interested in OB/GYN I wanted to do emergency medicine, and to me being a laborist sounded like combining what I liked about OB/GYN with EM, a perfect fit for me. I'm not too interested in the GYN surgical part of OB/GYN anyway. However, despite doing some internet searches I still have some confusion regarding the specific scope of practise for a laborist. Do laborists perform C/sections? I hope they do, otherwise I would feel like a glorified midwife. I understand that laborists also help cover the ER and are available for consults on OB/GYN emergencies. Do they perform definitive surgical treatment for things like ectopic pregnancy? What are the job prospects for laborists like? It feels like it's still a field that is in its infancy, and spots seem to open sporadically at random locations (difficulty choosing where you want to be). I am a Californian exile for med school with a strong (okay, overwhelming, burning) desire to return to my home state. What about the other side of the coin? Laborists exist so that they can compliment an ambulatory group practise of OB/GYNs who now no longer need to rush to the hospital at 3:00AM to make a delivery, and thus "specialise" into mainly caring for women on an outpatient basis (similar to the split being inpatient and outpatient internal medicine). How do these "outpatient OBs" practise? Do they still make deliveries if they occur during their "business hours"? Thanks, all!