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2021 Nov 12

Int J Nurs Stud


A comparison between midwifery and obstetric care at birth in Spain: Across-sectional study of perinatal outcomes.


Martin-Arribas A, Escuriet R, Borràs-Santos A, Vila-Candel R, González-Blázquez C
Int J Nurs Stud. 2021 Nov 12; 126:104129.
PMID: 34890836.


The organizational structure of maternity services determines the choice of which professionals provide care during pregnancy, birth, and the postnatal period, and it influences the kind of care they deliver and the level of continuity of care offered. There is considerable evidence that demonstrates a relationship between how care is provided and the maternal and neonatal health outcomes. Registered midwives and obstetricians provide maternity care across Spain. To date, no studies have assessed whether maternity outcomes differ between these two groups.