The Semiprivate Checkup

Tired of waiting two hours to see the doctor for 10 minutes? Try making your appointments en masse

Kim Strong, 41 and eight months pregnant, lies down on four armless chairs shoved together in the far corner of a conference room at Montefiore Medical Center's Comprehensive Family Care facility in the Bronx, N.Y. She lifts up her T shirt, lowers her pants and watches obstetrician Liza Kunz squirt gel on her big, full belly. As the doctor slides a fetal heart monitor across her skin, Strong isn't the only one listening carefully for the reassuring sound of a baby's heartbeat. Gathered in the room with her are four equally pregnant women. They all arrived as a group to have...

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