Make Way for Midwives: Study Finds Moms and Babies Are Better Off

August 24, 2013  |  
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Even as people have started doing crazy things like eating their placenta, most women take a very straightforward approach to pregnancy and birth. Over 90 percent of women in the United States still have doctors deliver their babies in hospital, but more and more women are choosing midwives. And those moms who are in the care of midwives are often healthier and happier, according to the Huffington Post.

A recent study published by the Cochrane Library looked at information from more than 16,000 women who saw either just a midwife during their pregnancies or a midwife and a doctor at the same time. None of the women gave birth at home. Those who’d been cared for by a midwife through the entire pregnancy were less likely to deliver a premature baby (before 37 weeks) or need intervention during birth. The low risk was the same even for women who had high-risk pregnancies.

According to the study’s reviewer Jane Randall at Kings College in London, “This is an important finding, because it means that midwives have something to offer women who are not low-risk, when they are coordinating care with a primary care physician or an OB/GYN.”

A major part of what makes midwives better for moms is that women develop a relationship with their midwives and can speak to them more frequently than they can to a doctor.

Did you use a midwife during your pregnancy? How did you make the decision?

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