Letters Birthplace and outcomes

Midwifery ratios might explain some differences in perinatal and maternal outcomes

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e891 (Published 07 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e891
  1. Anthony Falconer, president1,
  2. James Walker, senior vice president (international)1,
  3. David Richmond, vice president (standards)1,
  4. Mark Kilby, president2
  1. 1Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London NW1 4RG, UK
  2. 2British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society, London NW1 4RG, UK
  1. gchan{at}rcog.org.uk

On the basis of the study by the Birthplace in England Collaborative Group,1 the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists advocates advising first time mothers of the benefits of delivering in obstetric units or alongside midwifery units. Low risk multiparous women can deliver in any of the four locations.

However, research is needed to explain the high …

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