A Literature Review of Midwifery-Led Care in Reducing Labor and Birth Interventions

Harinder Dosanjh Raipuria, Briana Lovett, Laura Lucas, Victoria Hughes

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Certified nurse-midwives are usually recognized as independently practicing advanced practice registered nurses because they provide maternity care to pregnant women in various states. In the United States, certified nurse-midwives are historically underused. Culture favors physician-led care, with 90% of all births attended by physicians. Midwifery-led care is considered high-touch/low-intervention and is guided by a philosophy of care that regards pregnancy and childbirth as normal life events for most women. Evidence from the literature supports midwifery-led care as being safe, effective, and associated with fewer interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-400
Number of pages14
JournalNursing for Women's Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018


  • birth outcomes
  • certified nurse-midwife
  • cesarean
  • labor and birth interventions
  • midwifery-led care
  • pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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