Benefits of Midwifery
In countries with the best childbirth outcomes, all women have access to maternity care, midwives are the lead caregivers, and the cost of care is much lower. Evidence supports the benefits of a model of care that focuses on wellness rather than illness.
Pregnancy and birth are essentially healthy experiences for the majority of childbearing women. However, most women in the U.S. now experience numerous interventions during labor and birth that have been shown to be neither beneficial nor benign. Experts agree that although we use more interventions and spend more money than any other country, outcomes for our mothers and babies are not better.