Birth of a baby girl and social stigma

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 24 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1563
  1. Afshan Salim, paediatrician
  1. Hull

    While working as a junior resident in India, I was posted to the neonatology ward of a hospital serving a rural area, where most of the babies born belonged to families from the surrounding countryside.

    I soon realised that the birth of a baby girl was regarded as a calamity by the family, particularly by …

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