Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Having a Baby in Europe

Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Having a Baby in Europe

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Having a baby in Europe-Report on a Study, 1985 (Public Health in Europe No. 26) ISBN 92 890 1162 9, 157 pages Sw.fr.13.

Why should Europe concern itself with women having babies? Has modern medicine not solved all the problems? After all, maternal mortality in Europe is very low and perinatal mortality is reasonably low. But a live baby is not enough. It is often forgotten that most pregnant women in Europe could have a completely uncomplicated pregnancy and birth, and a healthy newborn baby without any medical intervention. The growth of alternative birth services testifies to the sense of dissatisfaction felt in many European countries to the medicalization of birth by the official health system.

A WHO Perinatal Study Group was set up in 1979 to study and report on the issues surrounding birth and birth care in Europe and this is their final report. They describe and review the official services, the alternative services, and the information and evaluation services. Information gleaned ranged from systems of birth and death registration, patterns of antenatal visits and provision of intensive care services, to who is allowed to be present during a birth, and what tests and procedures are administered routinely. …

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