One-to-one midwife care safe, cheaper

One-to-one midwife care is just as safe as standard maternity care and costs the public health system significantly less money, an Australian study suggests.

Women looked after by a caseload midwife had no significant differences in rates of caesarean sections, instrumental deliveries, unassisted vaginal births and use of epidurals, compared with those receiving usual hospital maternity care, researchers found.

Neonatal outcomes were no different between the two models of care. The