According to the World Health Organization (as highlighted on Facebook a couple of years ago):
- 100% of countries providing universal prenatal care have lower infant mortality rates than the US.
- Percent of US births attended by midwives: 4%
- Percent of European births attended by midwives: 75%
- Number of European countries (Great Britain, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden Norway, and Finland – all with over 75% of midwife-attended births) with higher perinatal mortality rates than the US: 0%
- Health care cost savings if midwifery care were utilized for 75% of US births: $8.5/billion/ year.
- Health care cost savings by bringing US cesarean section rate into compliance with WHO recommendations: $1.5 billion/year.
- Health care cost savings by extending midwifery care and de-medicalizing births in the US: $13-20 billion/year