Letters Dutch perinatal mortality

Results don’t seem generalisable

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c7022 (Published 07 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7022
  1. Victor J Pop, professor of primary care1,
  2. Hennie Wijnen, midwife2
  1. 1Tilburg University, PO Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, Netherlands
  2. 2Midwifery Academy, PO Box 1256, 6201 BG, Maastricht, Netherlands
  1. v.j.m.pop{at}uvt.nl

Evers and colleagues do not mention any data on the number of women who deliver at home, in hospital with a community midwife, and in hospital after referral from primary to secondary care.1 They give several explanations without exploring them: “The community midwife is not present during the first hours after labour started at home.” However, the Dutch …

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