Evaluation of a Public-Private Certified Nurse-Midwife Maternity Program for Indigent Women

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ObjectivesThis study assessed the impact of a public-private certified nurse-midwife program on prenatal and delivery outcomes among medically indigent women.MethodsA population-based quasi-experimental design was used to compare 1 intervention county with 2 nonintervention counties.ResultsThe program significantly reduced the number of women who received no prenatal care and the risk of acquiring less than adequate prenatal care. Reductions in the proportion of infants born premature or with low birth-weights were of borderline significance. The use of induction and/or stimulation of labor was statistically elevated.ConclusionsThese results suggest that the intervention program was instrumental in reducing some, but not all, negative prenatal and delivery outcomes. (Am J Public Health. 1998;88:675-679)

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