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Midwife licensing requirements historically associated with 7%-8% reduction in maternal mortality, study finds

A recent study published in the Journal of Political Economy found significant differences in pre-licensing versus-post-licensing maternal mortality rates in states that established adopted requirements for midwives between 1900 and 1940.

The research, reported in the article, "Occupational Licensing and Maternal Health: Evidence from Early Midwifery Laws" (November 2020), relied on U.S. Census Bureau data from the four decades after 1900, a time span in which nearly half of U.S. states adopted licensing laws for midwives.

The study was conducted . . .

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