Role and Perceptions of Midwifery Practices in Relation to Health Outcomes in North Carolina Public Deposited

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  • April 30, 2020
  • Goraya, Supreet
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology
  • Midwifery led-care incorporates both childbearing and gynecological care for females (Russell, 2018). Studies have shown that continuity midwifery-led care reduces rates of unnecessary interventions and leads to advantageous health outcomes (Elderhorst et al, 2019). However, while midwifery is positively correlated with maternal birth outcomes and low healthcare costs, the incorporation of midwifery is not widespread, especially in states such as North Carolina where legislature limits the scope of midwives (Caughey & Cheyney, 2019). This study provides insight into the dynamic elements of the midwifery model of care and examines the health trends of women and infants in North Carolina. Statistical data of health in North Carolina and perspectives of practitioners reveal notable disparities in our healthcare system and the need to improve access to care for women, particularly in rural areas. The study establishes the importance of implementation and integration of midwifery into the maternal healthcare system in addressing maternal health discrepancies on a local, state, and national level.
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  • Thompson, Amanda
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology
    • Other Affiliation: Department of Nutrition
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