Perinatal mortality in Netherlands third worst in Europe

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 23 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a3118
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. 1Utrecht

    Researchers in the Netherlands fear that Dutch babies “may not be getting the start they should” after data have shown that perinatal mortality continues to compare badly with the country’s European neighbours. The comparative study of mothers’ and babies’ health outcomes in 26 European countries, Peristat II, showed that the Netherlands had the third worst figures, after France and Latvia (

    The findings reinforce the findings of the Peristat I study, in which the Netherlands had some of the worst rates among 15 European Union countries. Perinatal mortality …

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