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Death before BirthFetal Health and Mortality in Historical Perspective$
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Robert Woods

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199542758

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542758.001.0001

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Introduction to Fetal Health and Mortality

Introduction to Fetal Health and Mortality

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(p.1) 1 Introduction to Fetal Health and Mortality
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Death before Birth
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542758.003.0001

This chapter explains why the health and survival chances of the fetus are so important in developed economies today, since late-fetal is often higher than infant mortality, and it establishes the need to provide a full account of how fetal health and obstetric knowledge have changed during the past centuries. The chapter also argues the case for taking an inter-disciplinary approach (medical and demographic history combined); of considering long-term changes in practice and experience; and making comparisons between the priorities and approaches adopted in different countries.

Keywords:   fetal mortality, infant mortality, international comparisons, abortion, miscarriage, pregnancy, childbirth, obstetrics, midwifery

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