Do Hospitals with Family-centered Maternity Care Policies Have Lower Intervention Rates?

Authors

  • Judith Lumley M.A., M.B., B.S., Ph.D.,

    1. Judith Lumley is a Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and a consultant epidemiologist.
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  • Brian A. Davey B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.

    1. Brian Davey is a Reader in Mathematics at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, and a childbirth educator.
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Address inquiries to Judith Lumley at the Department of Paediatrics, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Abstract

ABSTRACT: An independent survey of family-centered maternity care policies in the hospitals of a large Australian city was used to identify two groups of hospitals at the extreme ends of the range. A comparison of the two groups with respect to their use of induction of labor, oxytocin, and operative delivery could detect no differences between them.

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