Birth rate drops when obstetricians leave town

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 12 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:66
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    New research shows that when obstetricians and gynaecologists are away at national conferences the number of births drops (Social Science and Medicine 2007 Jun 27 doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2007.05.034).

    Researchers found that the number of births dropped by up to 4% during five day key annual conferences in the United States and Australia, with nearly 1000 births affected.

    “Since it is unlikely that parents take these conferences into account when conceiving their child, this suggests that medical professionals are timing births to suit their conference schedule,” say Joshua …

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