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Letters Planned place of birth analysis

Flawed analysis may be used to restrict birth choices

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 01 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3842
  1. Pauline M Hull, author and editor1
  1., Farnham, UK
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This analysis of the Birthplace study has some of the same inherent flaws in its collection and analysis of comparative data, but worse, its promise of “cost effectiveness” in today’s economic climate and imminent restructuring of the NHS may be improperly used for political and ideological restriction of “low risk” women’s choices.1

The cost analysis is incomplete. Adverse downstream costs such as litigation, infant and maternal injuries, and trauma …

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