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Dr. David Redfern

Medical Director of Labor and Delivery

St. John's Hospital

HQ Phone: (217) 544-6464

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St. John's Hospital

800 E. Carpenter Street

Springfield, Illinois 62769

United States

Company Description

St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to Central and Southern Illinois.Founded in 1875, St. John's is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is ... more

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Employment History

Medical Director of A New OB Hospitalist Program

St. John's Hospital


Missouri State Medical Association

Board Member
Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth

Administrative Member



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Dr. David Redfern, medical director of Labor & Delivery at St. John's, explains that it takes teamwork and combination of skilled physicians and nurses to be able to successfully deliver more VBAC babies and that having OB/GYN hospitalists in-house 24/7 makes more VBAC deliveries possible.

"Depending on the type of uterine incision used for previous cesarean deliveries, the scar may or may not be strong enough to hold together during labor contractions," Redfern says. It is thought to occur less than 1% of all attempted VBACs, but when it occurs it is often associated with poor outcomes for the mother and her baby.
VBAC program," Redfern says.

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David Redfern, M.D., returns to St. John's to lead new OB hospitalist program April 30, 2008

Nov. 17, 2004 is a date that stands out in Dr. David Redfern's mind.
Before returning to St. John's in March to lead a new hospital-based OB/GYN or "laborist" program, Nov. 17, 2004 was the last time Dr. Redfern had delivered a baby.
"I significantly missed delivering babies and taking care of pregnant women," says Dr. Redfern, who in 2004 switched to an all-GYN practice with his then-partners at the independent Woman's Clinic.
Now, as an OB hospitalist for St. John's, caring for pregnant women and delivering babies are all Dr. Redfern does. He works four to five 12-hour shifts a week and when he's off work, he's really off work.
Currently, Dr. Redfern is St. Johns' only OB hospitalist.
Dr. Redfern agrees, recalling times throughout his career when he was up several nights in a row delivering babies or taking emergency call. "You're burning the candle at both ends. During weeks like that, you're tired and not as attentive and patient as you should be with your clinic patients during the day, and family life takes a backseat," he says.
"Our role is to fill in the gaps and act as a natural extension of the OB/GYN," Dr. Redfern says.
With around 5,000 deliveries under his belt, Dr. Redfern was a natural choice to lead the new program, she says.
"Our goal was to first get an experienced leader in place to get the program off the ground, and we knew we had that in Dr. Redfern," Dr. Scarrow says.
Returning to St. John's has also been a welcome homecoming for Dr. Redfern.

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Dr. David Redfern joins St. John's to lead OB Hospitalist program April 30, 2008

David Redfern, M.D., long-time Springfield OB/GYN, has joined St. John's Clinic as the medical director of a new OB hospitalist program. Read more

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Secretary David Redfern, MD

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Secretary David Redfern, MD, Rogersville

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