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Obstetric care in The Netherlands: regional differentiation in home delivery.

Authors
  • Hingstman, L
  • Boon, H
Type
Published Article
Journal
Social Science & Medicine
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1988
Volume
26
Issue
1
Pages
71–78
Identifiers
PMID: 3353756
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In this paper attention is focused on home delivery in the Netherlands, which still accounts for 36% of the total number of births delivered. Compared to countries with a similar level of socio-economic development, home delivery plays an important role within Dutch obstetric care. To understand this unique situation, one needs to have insight into the organization and structure of Dutch obstetric care which is described in the first part of this paper. In the second part of this paper regional differentiation in the relative importance of home delivery is described. Finally regression analysis is used in order to explain the observed regional pattern. A brief abstract from the vast amount of Dutch literature on the discussion between advocates and adversaries of home delivery is included in an appendix.

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