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Views & Reviews In and Out of Hospital

A grandad writes

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 09 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2214
  1. James Owen Drife, emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
  1. J.O.Drife{at}

Most of my friends are grandparents, and they all say how enjoyable it is. For a retired obstetrician, however, the final run-up to grandparenthood is a bit fraught. After decades of being called to difficult labours, one becomes too aware of the risks. Statistically, I kept telling myself, things should be OK.

Indeed they were, and once the reassuring text and photo arrived from a distant delivery room overlooking Big Ben, I settled down to write about the …

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