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Data on babies' safety during hospital births are being ignored

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7215.1008 (Published 09 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1008
  1. James Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology (j.o.drife@leeds.ac.uk)
  1. University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9NS

    EDITOR—Zander and Chamberlain state that “no evidence exists to support the claim that a hospital is the safest place for women to have normal births.”1 They cite the report Where to be Born, published in 1994 by the National Epidemiology Unit.

    In 1997 the Confidential Enquiry into Stillbirths and Deaths in Infancy published a survey of 19 348 deaths in Britain occurring …

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