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Am J Public Health. 1998 April; 88(4): 675–679.
PMCID: PMC1508421

Evaluation of a public-private certified nurse-midwife maternity program for indigent women.


OBJECTIVES: This study assessed the impact of a public-private certified nurse-midwife program on prenatal and delivery outcomes among medically indigent women. METHODS: A population-based quasi-experimental design was used to compare 1 intervention county with 2 nonintervention counties. RESULTS: The 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. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that the intervention program was instrumental in reducing some, but not all, negative prenatal and delivery outcomes.

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