Letters Planned place of birth analysis

Authors’ reply to Hull

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3848 (Published 01 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3848
  1. Jennifer Hollowell, epidemiologist1,
  2. Elizabeth Schroeder, health economist1,
  3. Stavros Petrou, health economist1,
  4. Peter Brocklehurst, professor of perinatal epidemiology1
  5. On behalf of the Birthplace Co-investigators
  1. 1National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Department of Public Health, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7LF, UK
  1. jennifer.hollowell{at}npeu.ox.ac.uk

Hull criticises Birthplace as flawed because it did not deal with questions about antepartum stillbirth and elective caesareans.1 2 We agree that maternity service configuration requires evidence about a broad range of issues; however, this study was commissioned to answer a specific set of unanswered questions related to the safety of planned place of birth. The analyses to answer these questions are not …

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