This study did not include homebirths though it did focus on the model of care that almost every homebirth midwife follows–continuity of care. The benefits are clear: less pain medications, more spontaneous vaginal deliveries (meaning fewer births assisted by forceps or vacuum), less interventions like episiotomies, and fewer preterm births. One-to-one prenatal care allows midwife and mother to build a trusting relationship so when the day of birth arrives the mother knows exactly who will be attending her (homebirth midwives rarely rotate on-call schedules).
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