How Effective is Care from Midwives?

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By Molly Clifton

A new study finds mid-level health care workers are just as good and in some cases even better than doctors at providing certain types of care.

The World Health Organization report finds when midwives cared for newborns and their mothers, as opposed to midwives working with doctors, the rates were lower for surgical incisions and the use of painkillers. 

Patient satisfaction was also higher.

The study also found that nurses were just as good as doctors at providing prevention and treatment in various fields including heart disease and diabetes.



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