A study has found that low-risk pregnant women who are cared for by midwives have fewer medical interventions and are more likely to have a normal birth than those receiving standard hospital care. There was no difference in infant deaths between low-risk pregnant women cared for by doctors and those in high-quality midwife care. these are the results of 22 Australian and international studies comparing births from midwife care, birth centres and home births with hospital care. Women had fewer interventions and were more likely to have a normal birth if they were cared for by midwives, or gave birth at home or in birth centres.
However, in order for such a system to be safe, it was also found that midwives needed to be alert to possible problems and be willing to transfer women into standard hospital care if this was needed.
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