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There is a large body of evidence that supports midwifery care as a safe choice for low-risk healthy women. Midwifery is a trusted and respected profession in many countries around the world. In fact, researchers found that mothers and babies did better on average in countries where midwifery was the norm. A 2009 study led by researchers from the University of British Columbia found that midwifery care had comparable or better outcomes than physician-led maternity care for low-risk pregnancies. Midwives are primary health care providers and are considered the experts in normal pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. They spend considerable time with their clients during prenatal appointments, and are with them throughout all stages of maternity care. Midwives support physiologic birth and often report low rates of medical intervention.