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BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 24 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:247

Maternity services vary greatly: A survey by the Audit Commission of 2500 women in England and Wales found significant variations in the standards in maternity care—for example, in the numbers of antenatal appointments, episiotomy rates, and the length of stay in hospital postnatally. The survey says that women want more information about the options available to them.

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