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More than four in 10 women were not offered the choice of a home birth, report says

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 29 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1112
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Pregnant women in England are not being offered the choice and care laid down in national guidelines, a survey of new mothers shows.

    The survey, which was carried out by the Healthcare Commission, showed that women are generally fairly happy with maternity services. Overall the percentage of women who said that their care was excellent, very good, or good was 89% during pregnancy, 90% during labour and birth, and 80% after the birth.

    But the commission said that in some areas the feedback from women was less positive and that there was wide variability in satisfaction between …

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