Safety 

"Policy makers who wish to achieve clinically important improvements in maternity care, particularly around normalising and humanising birth and preventing preterm birth should consider midwife-led continuity models of care"  

Cochrane Review

Midwife-led continuity models versus other models of care 

Sandall J, Gates S, Shennan A, Devane D

 

NURSE-MIDWIVES ARE CERTIFIED PROFESSIONALS

TRAINED IN TWO DISCIPLINES:

NURSING AND MIDWIFERY

 

"Ob-gyns and CNMs... are experts in their respective fields of practice and are educated, trained, and licensed, independent providers who may collaborate with each other based on the needs of their patients." 

JOINT STATEMENT OF PRACTICE RELATIONS BETWEEN OBSTETRICIAN-GYNECOLOGISTS AND CERTIFIED NURSE-MIDWIVES/CERTIFIED MIDWIVES

 

"If you have midwives and doctors working together and they're just all doing the doctor's model, you're not going to really get different outcomes than if you have only doctors. The midwives push us to be better and to be more patient and to really think about when we say we're going to do an intervention...that's how collaboration works."

Dr Annette Fineberg, OB/GYN at Sutter Davis. 

Mama Sherpas ~ Midwives Across America. Dir Bridget Maher, Bond/360, 2015. Documentary.

 

“A lot of us recognize that midwives are the real experts in labor; I trained as a high-risk obstetrician. I’m best at dealing with complications. So I stand by and try to be patient.” 

Dr. Juan Vargas, Chief of Obstetrics at San Francisco General Hospital

Rosenberg, T. (2014, May 7). In Delivery Rooms, Reducing Births of Convenience.  The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com.

 

 

"In fact, it is ideal for physicians to work together with our midwifery colleagues in generating and interpreting evidence-based practice. As I note above, one of the poorest examples of evidence-based practice was our use of the Friedman labor curve for 50 years, which was first called into question by a midwife-researcher."

Dr. Aaron Caughey, Maternal Fetal Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University

Caughey, A.   "Midwife and Obstetrician Collaborative Care ~ The Whole is Better Than the Parts. " Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health 60 (2015):  120-121.  Print.

Obstetrician & Professor Sue Fawcus, MD

"I'm really completely convinced.  The midwife is the primary caregiver for normal birth.  It shouldn't be the obstetrician or the doctor, it should be the midwife ~ Midwives Save Lives"

Cape Town Midwifery and Birth Conference - June 25, 2014