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Poor women who use midwives have healthier babies

posted on October 5, 2018

Women who are marginalized by poverty may be reaping the greatest benefits from midwifery care. This is the finding of a large study that we published with colleagues this week in the British Medical Journal Open.

We found that women who were eligible for government assistance and were seen by a midwife for prenatal care had significantly lower likelihood of preterm birth, small and low birth weight babies.

The study, which drew on evidence from 57,872 pregnancies, made sure that women who were seen by midwives were of comparable health status to women seen by general practitioners and obstetricians during the prenatal period.


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