Tuesday, August 23, 2011

(Much Needed) Call for More Maternity Doctors

On August 10, the BBC reported on a Call for more maternity doctors in order to prevent mothers dying due to "substandard care".

Six obstetricians have written an editorial in the British Medical Journal, pointing out that "most maternal deaths are now caused by treatable medical conditions."

But while this editorial focuses on maternal deaths, it is also true that babies' lives are endangered too when sufficient experienced doctors are not available on maternity wards.

It's all very well hearing constant cry for more midwives - but we should not ignore the lesser publicized call for more doctors either.

When labor and birth complications occur, women need the skill and attention of doctors, and it makes sense that with birth rates going up, so too should the number of obstetricians.

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