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Death in Childbirth – An International Study of Maternal Care and Maternal Mortality 1800-1950 - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Death in Childbirth: An International Study of Maternal Care and Maternal Mortality 1800-1950

Irvine Loudon


This book studies maternal care and maternal mortality. Over the last two hundred years different countries developed quite different systems of maternal care. This book is an analysis, firmly grounded in the available statistics, of the evolution of those systems between 1800 and 1950 in Britain, the US, Australia and New Zealand, and continental Europe. The book examines the effectiveness of various forms of maternal care by means of the measurement of maternal mortality — the number of women who died as a result of childbirth. The study answers a number of questions: What was the relative r ... More

Keywords: maternal care, maternal mortality, women, childbirth, hospital delivery, midwife

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Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198229971
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229971.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Irvine Loudon, author

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Part I The Measurement of Maternal Mortality

Part II The Causes of Maternal Mortality

Part III Maternal Care and Maternal Mortality in Various Countries