"Evidence-based maternity care" means using results of the best scientific, medical research about the safety and effectiveness of specific tests, treatments, and other interventions to help guide maternity care decisions. “Safe” means that care is provided through evidence-based practices that minimize the risk of error and harm and support the normal physiology of labour and birth. “Effective” means that the care provided achieves expected benefits and is appropriate to the needs of the pregnant woman and her baby based on sound evidence. Safe and effective care of the MotherBaby provides the best possible health outcomes and benefits with the most appropriate and conservative use of resources and technology.

Quoted from: IMBCI Ten Steps to Optimal MotherBaby Maternity Services.

In this section we present high quality studies that shape the field of evidence-based maternity and newborn care.