Attention should be paid to what women want

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7050.168a (Published 20 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:168
  1. Kim Hinshaw,
  2. Amr El-Horishy,
  3. Suzanne Bates
  1. Consultant obstetrician Senior house officer in obstetrics and gynaecology Audit officer City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Trust, Sunderland SR4 7TP

    EDITOR,—Jim Neilson highlights the significant increase in maternal anxiety that may be provoked by reducing the number of routine antenatal visits.1 2 This reduction is one of 10 “key indicators of success” listed in the report Changing Childbirth,3 which must be implemented by 1998.4 Maternity services should become more “woman centred,” with balanced input from midwives, general practitioners, and obstetricians, according to each woman's needs. Some of the key indicators should increase women's feeling of involvement in their pregnancy care, but others seem directive and inflexible and …

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