What is it about?

Midwifery centers are healthcare facilities built exclusively for the practice of midwifery. We evaluated women's experience of trust and respect during care at midwifery centers, hospitals with midwives, and hospitals without midwives. Midwifery centers provided the highest rates of trust and respect, even during covid.

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Why is it important?

Midwifery is different from medicine and nursing. As we educate more midwives globally we need to ensure they are working in environments that support them to provide the best care they can provide using the midwifery model of care.


Midwives are being educated globally to address maternal mortality and strengthen healthcare systems. But if they are not working in environments that support their unique midwifery model of care, they may fall short in making change. This study suggests midwives give consistently respectful quality care in a facility built exclusively for midwifery.

Jennifer Stevens
Goodbirth Network

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This page is a summary of: Midwifery centers as enabled environments for midwifery: A quasi experimental design assessing women’s birth experiences in three models of care in Bangladesh, before and during covid, PLoS ONE, December 2022, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0278336.
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