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BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 21 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:524
  1. Douglas Carnall (
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    More than 4000 babies are born in a birthing pool each year in Britain, and data published this week in the BMJ (p 483) suggest that the practice is no more or less risky than labour in more conventional conditions. Perhaps more remarkable is the fact that more than half of all NHS obstetric units have installed a birthing pool. Or perhaps it is not …

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