SPHERU post-doc publishes study on midwifery benefits

October 4, 2018

SPHERU post-doctoral fellow Daphne McRae recently published a study in the British Medical Journal Open, on the benefits of midwifery for low-income pregnant women.

Post-doc Daphne McRae and Nazeem Muhajarine recently published a new study in the BMJ Open that introduces new evidence to the benefits of midwifery. Photo by the U of S (via Twitter)
Post-doc Daphne McRae and Nazeem Muhajarine recently published a new study in the BMJ Open that introduces new evidence to the benefits of midwifery. Photo by the U of S (via Twitter)

Based on the study, McRae, who is also a post-doctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia, found that women with low-incomes experienced fewer birth complications when receiving prenatal care from midwives compared to physicians.

The pregnant women who received care from a midwife were less likely to go into early labour, have a baby with a low birth weight, or have a small-for-gestational age birth.

“Our findings show that women who are more vulnerable benefit from the care of a midwife, likely because they receive more time, counselling and education on how to care for themselves,” McRae said in the U of S article.

McRae and her supervisor, Nazeem Muhajarine, were featured in articles on the U of S website, as well as the Star Phoenix.

“Our research could help develop policies that make the service more accessible to low-income women,” Muhajarine said in the article.

McRae and Muhajarine wrote about their findings from the study on The Conversation Canada. The same piece was also picked up by The National Post

For the full published study, find it on the BMJ Open website.


 

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