Expert slams midwife study

A Cochrane review of 13 trials involving more than 16,000 women found those receiving midwife-led continuity models of care were less likely to require regional analgesia (17%), episiotomy (16%), or an instrumental vaginal birth (12%).

Compared to women whose care was shared by different obstetricians, GPs and midwives, they were more likely to not require intrapartum analgesia or anaesthesia (16%) and have a spontaneous birth.

Women randomised to midwife-led care were also 23% less likely