There is a growing concern that overuse of cesarean delivery (CD) is leading to increases in maternal morbidity and mortality. However, there is a lack of agreement regarding the ability to impact CD rates or which approaches would most safely lower rates. Midwives are known to have lower rates of obstetrical intervention, and midwifery care in the United States hospital setting has been associated with a substantial decrease in CD.
- Souter V
- Nethery E
- Kopas ML
- Wurz H
- Sitcov K
- Caughey AB
Comparison of midwifery and obstetric care in low-risk hospital births.
Obstet Gynecol. 2019; 134: 1056-1065
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Published online: March 11, 2021
The authors report no conflict of interest.
This study was presented as a poster at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Las Vegas, NV, January 25–30, 2021.
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