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Authors

  1. Roosevelt, Lee PhD, CNM, MPH
  2. Bailey, Joanne Motino PhD, CNM
  3. Low, Lisa Kane PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN

Abstract

The purpose of the study is to characterize practice trends, outcomes, and changes over time of a full-scope midwifery service over the past 30 years from 1983 to 2013. The types of clients served and the evolution of the services provided and resulting outcomes are described as an exemplar of the changing nature of providing midwifery services in a tertiary care hospital setting. The overall data reveal that despite small increases in intervention practices, such as epidurals, inductions, and cesarean births, midwives have a commitment to providing safe, evidenced-based, woman-centered care within a collaborative practice model at a tertiary care center. The role of midwives as leaders in supporting physiologic birth in this setting and encouraging opportunities for interprofessional education and collaborative is demonstrated.