Fewer cesarean births, shorter hospital stays and higher breastfeeding rates were the outcomes of a recent collaborative maternity care study that included more than 1200 women at the South Community Birth Program in Vancouver, reports the University of British Columbia today.
The program’s midwives, family physicians, nurses and doulas provide care as a team, with many of the women and their partners receiving some of their care and counseling in a group setting. The study compared those women’s outcomes with an equal number of women receiving standard care at other sites.
In addition to the lower rates of caesarean sections (21 per cent in the program compared with 31 per cent in standard care), shorter hospital stays (51 hours compared with 73 hours) and higher breastfeeding rates (86 per cent compared with 62 per cent), women in the South Community Birth Program were more likely to be cared for by a midwife instead of an obstetrician, and less likely to use an epidural injection for pain relief.
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