Women prefer dedicated midwife care, Aussie research reveals

Those in standard care feel like their check-ups are often rushed

Women prefer to have a designated midwife look after them throughout their pregnancy and birth, even if they have risk factors, according to a study in two Australian hospitals.

Midwife examing pregnant woman

The trial examined women’s satisfaction with caseload midwifery, where women are assigned a primary midwife who cares for them throughout the antenatal period, with a back-up midwife who steps in when they are unavailable.

The designated midwife in the caseload arm gave patients a mobile phone number and they had 24/7 access either