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July 16, 2014 12:00 AM

More midwives would save money, reduce infant deaths

In the world’s poorest countries, childbirth remains perilous for both mother and baby. Nearly 300,000 women a year die during pregnancy or delivery, and 5.5 million infants are stillborn or die within a month. The presence of a skilled birth attendant could prevent most of these deaths. That person need not be an obstetrician. In fact, it’s better if he or she isn’t: In the majority of cases, a midwife can do the job at least as well, at a fraction of the cost.

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