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Obstetricians defend safety of childbirth in Italy

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 04 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5481
  1. Michael Day
  1. 1Milan

Six of Italy’s most senior obstetricians have claimed in an open letter to a national newspaper that their profession is under attack after the press coverage of a series of high profile neonatal incidents in which mothers or babies have died or been injured.

In August it was reported that a baby died shortly after a difficult birth at Rome’s Policlinico Casilino hospital. The parents say that a row between two attending doctors allowed fatal delays in care. And in September the press reported the deaths of two mothers, in Milan and in Matera, in the southern region of Basilicata, after multiple births.

In three other incidents in the past …

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