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MacDorman co-authors midwifery outcomes research

Midwifery linked to better birth outcomes in state-by-state "report card"

Faculty Associate Marian MacDorman participated in the research behind a first-of-its-kind study which found a strong connection between the role of midwives and birth outcomes in the U.S. health care system.

Led by Saraswathi Vedam, Associate Professor of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, the study showed that "families experience better outcomes when midwives can practice to their full capacity and are part of the system," Dr. Vedam noted. 

The paper, "Mapping Integration of Midwives across the United States: Impact on Access, Equity, and Outcomes," was published by PLoSOne on February 21, 2018.

The research team created a midwifery integration score based on 50 criteria factors that determine midwive's availability, scope of practice, and acceptance by othe health care providers in each U.S. state.

Complete state list with link to state "report card"

Interactive map showing clusters of midwifery integration

See the complete article in PLoS One