Dutch health minister announces plan to reduce country’s perinatal mortality

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 20 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7325
  1. Heleen Croonen
  1. 1Medisch Contact

The Dutch health minister told the Dutch parliament last week what steps she wanted to see taken in the Netherlands to improve the country’s perinatal mortality rate.

In a letter to the parliament Edith Schippers said that the higher infant death rate in the Netherlands than in other European countries was “worrying.”

“Some of these deaths can be prevented by better obstetric care,” she claimed.

As evidence she cited a study published recently in the BMJ showing that infants of low risk pregnant women whose labour started outside hospitals under the supervision of a midwife had a higher risk of perinatal death than did infants of pregnant women at high …

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