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Journal Vol. 16, No. 4 — Why are more mothers dying?

ISSN 0256-5004 (Print)

Why are more mothers dying?
Jean Robinson examines the latest Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Death in the UK, and suggests that levels of substandard care are contributing to the rising death toll.

Blood money for what?
Professor Naomi Pfeffer explains why the unregulated private blood banks threaten to exploit pregnant women

Clamping the umbilical cord
Professor Peter Dunn of Bristol University Medical School argues that, when collecting umbilical blood for banking, it is important to consider the interests of the infant. After all, harvesting 100 ml of blood from a newborn is equivalent to taking 2.5 pints from an adult

Who says ultrasound is safe?
In light of the growing trend for making keepsake videos and DVDs of babies in utero, AIMS Chair Beverley Beech examines the worrying evidence concerning the safety of prolonged ultrasound with modern high-powered equipment

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue:

Still a sore subject - AIMS Chair Beverley Beech was invited to speak in France in May about how the Association has fought a long (and ultimately successful) campaign to ban episiotomy as a routine procedure in the UK; Hurrah for the NHS; The birth of my water baby.

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