Head Counts of OB-GYNs and Midwives: OECD Countries

By Jill Arnold

The following table is the head count of OB-GYNs and midwives reported by OECD countries for 2009-2011. See legend and definitions below. 


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b  Break in series

d  Difference in methodology

e  Estimate



Midwives licensed to practice have acquired the requisite education and qualifications to be registered and/or legally licensed to practice midwifery. They include both practising and other (non-practising) midwives.

(Definition per country)


Practising midwives provide services directly to patients.

(Definition per country)


Professionally active midwives include practising and other (non-practising) midwives for whom their education is a prerequisite for the execution of the job.

(Definition per country)



Data extracted on 17 Dec 2012 00:43 UTC (GMT) from OECD.Stat

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See also:

World Cesarean Rates: OECD Countries