ERIC Number: ED313596
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Nov-17
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Alternative Maternity Services in Washington State.
Starzyk, Patricia M.
The nature of maternity services has changed in the past 20 years, with a movement away from traditional (physician delivery in a hospital) towards other alternative services. This study examined alternative maternity services in Washington State, which ranks eighth in the country in the use of such services. Data were collected from birth and infant and fetal death certificates. A delivery was considered alternative if it occurred outside of a hospital and/or was delivered by a non-physician attendant, typically a midwife. The findings revealed that alternative maternity services in Washington were used by a select group of low-risk women with generally favorable pregnancy outcomes. Trend data showed that more low-risk women were choosing these services every year. This increase, coupled with the fact that 45% of Washington women having babies are in this low-risk category and could thus choose alternative services, suggests that any consideration of new delivery technologies must take into account the desire for "low-tech" alternatives. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Washington