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A new study that followed 58,000 vulnerable families found those in the care of a midwife were less likely to birth prematurely and babies were born healthier. Daphne McRae, post-doctoral research fellow at UBC and the lead on the project, said, "across the board, in all outcomes, women were doing better in the care of midwives." McRae says the difference "the amount of trust and the amount of emotional and social support that midwives are able to offer. Midwifery care is a relationship-based model and there is a lot of contact made between practitioners and their patients. Midwives are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for their patients. Researchers hope their findings will translate into more access to midwives for low-income women no matter where they live.