Outcomes best with midwife-led care

Women cared for by midwives have better obstetric outcomes than those managed by doctors, a Cochrane review concludes.

The review of international research showed women who engaged a midwife throughout their pregnancy were less likely to experience fetal loss before 24 weeks or to have a preterm birth, compared with those managed by an obstetrician or GP.

They were also less likely to have an epidural, episiotomy or an instrumental