The Ministry of Health says new research shows mothers using a first-year midwife have no reason to worry about their baby's safety. It commissioned the study after controversial research by the University of Otago in 2015 found babies were more likely to die at birth or soon after if the midwife was in her first year in the job. It says the extra risk from new midwives is statistically insignificant. But it has found first-year midwives are taking on too many risky cases without adequate support. Stewart Jessamine talks to Susie Ferguson.