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Death in ChildbirthAn International Study of Maternal Care and Maternal Mortality 1800-1950$
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Irvine Loudon

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198229971

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229971.001.0001

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European Midwives

European Midwives

(p.402) 24 European Midwives
Death in Childbirth

Irvine Loudon

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes midwives in Europe. It argues that certain European countries were safer than the US and Great Britain in terms of childbirth not only because of the quality of obstetric service and lying-in hospitals, but largely because their system of maternal care placed great importance on home deliveries by trained midwives. It explains that midwives in France, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Denmark were better trained and more qualified in providing maternal care and services than those in the US and Britain.

Keywords:   midwives, Europe, U.S, Great Britain, childbirth, maternal care, maternity services

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