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She's bleeding again

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 14 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:605
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. Leeds

    Obstetric haemorrhage is frightening, at least for the obstetrician. The woman's partner, however, views it calmly through his video camera. He knows there is always a lot of blood. When the norm is exceeded it is the professionals who sweat.

    Life threatening haemorrhage occurs after one in a thousand births, so each NHS obstetrician should see a case every year or two. Not so. The play of chance means that in each hospital one consultant sees …

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