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Births led by midwives rather than doctors linked to greater risks – NZ study

Study of more than 200,000 births over five years in New Zealand, where midwives are the dominant care-givers, produced ‘unexpected’ results The health outcomes for babies born in New Zealand where primary care is led by midwives are significantly worse when compared with care led by doctors, a major new study has found. New Zealand and the Netherlands are the only two western countries to operate under a midwife-led birthing system.
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