Abbreviated Ian Mcdonald Oration from the Opening Ceremony of the RANZCOG Annual Scientific Meeting, Perth, October 2006.
Pregnancy and Medicine: Sine qua non or non sequitur?
Article first published online: 8 MAR 2007
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume 47, Issue 2, pages 91–94, April 2007
How to Cite
WALTERS, B. N. J. (2007), Pregnancy and Medicine: Sine qua non or non sequitur?. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 47: 91–94. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2007.00693.x
- Issue published online: 8 MAR 2007
- Article first published online: 8 MAR 2007
- Received 07 December 2006; accepted 19 December 2006.
Pregnancy is intrinsically imperfect, with high rates of complications for mothers and babies. A minority of pregnancies is entirely uncomplicated. Medical disorders are frequent contributors to morbidity for mothers and babies, and have become the major source of maternal mortality. For these reasons, Medicine plays a central role in the care of pregnant women. Provision of resources to maternity services must recognise the changing demographics and clinical characteristics of pregnant women in Australia, and their increased medical risk status in recent years.