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U.S. states with more support for midwives have better birth outcomes
by Lisa Rapaport

Reuters    Translate This Article
9 March 2018

On 9 March 2018 Reuters reported: States with laws that make it easier for midwives to care for pregnant women and deliver babies may have better birth outcomes than states where it's harder for midwives to provide care, a recent study suggests. Researchers ranked each state based on how easy it was for midwives to practice and collaborate with obstetricians and other providers. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of health, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

'Midwives have expertise and skills in facilitating the physiology of pregnancy, labor, birth, and newborn transition, and obstetricians and maternal fetal specialists have expertise and skills in addressing uncommon health concerns that may arise,' said lead study author Saraswathi Vedam of the University of British Columbia in Canada.

States in the South had the lowest scores for midwifery policies, and these states also had the highest rates of premature births, underweight babies, and infant mortality, the study found.

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