Dr Sam Coulter Smyth, master of the Rotunda Maternity Hospital in Dublin: would love to see women starting off with midwife-led care, once there was a seamless transfer to an obstetric-led unit if complications occurred. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Women who receive continuous care from midwives throughout pregnancy and birth fare better than women cared for by a combination of obstetricians, (...)