Views And Reviews

Midwifery: Teams and Caseloads

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6924.349a (Published 29 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:349
  1. A Douglas

    Caroline Flint Butterworth-Heienemann, £12.95, pp 194 ISBN 0-7506-0987-7

    Pregnancy is an experience that changes a woman physically, emotionally, and socially and brings a mixture of feelings: uncertainty, excitement, anticipation, fear, and loss of control over her body. So it is hardly surprising that most women feel vulnerable when pregnant and need the support not only of their partner, family, and friends but of professionals whom they know and trust.

    The present organisation of maternity services makes it possible for a woman to come into contact with upwards of 30 different professionals during the course of one pregnancy, delivery, and puerperium. Possession of a co-op card does little to obviate the problem of conflicting opinions and advice, resulting in confusion. …

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