Postnatal care also requires evaluation

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7050.168 (Published 20 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:168
  1. Ruth Bell
  1. Registrar in public health medicine County Durham Health Commission, Durham DH1 5XZ

    EDITOR,—Jim Sikorski and colleagues report that reducing the number of scheduled antenatal visits may worsen psychosocial outcomes and increase dissatisfaction with care.1 Postnatal care, while not being a specific focus of the policy initiative outlined in Changing Childbirth,2 has also changed recently, with increasingly short lengths of stay and a move away from daily visits by midwives.

    I investigated the use of maternity services in rural Northumberland, comparing women resident in two local government districts in which isolated general practitioner …

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