Author confused natural birth with normal birth

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7059.755 (Published 21 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:755
  1. Charles Essex, Consultant community paediatrician
  1. Child Development Unit, Gulson Hospital, Coventry CV1 2HR

    EDITOR,—Ann Oakley rightly wants quality of care and consumer satisfaction in childbirth to increase1; an increase in these two variables should be our aim in all aspects of medicine. Whether Oakley is well placed to judge them in childbirth is another matter.

    In her description of her daughter in law's labour the health of the baby and mother takes second place to her acerbic comments about obstetricians. It is unclear why she believes that obstetricians, whom she derisively refers to as …

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