It is now well recognized that maternal welfare includes both medical and social activities. It is not our purpose to go into a consideration of the latter phase, but we wish to emphasize the importance of having this sort of work closely coupled with the medical activities.
We include under medical activities those which fall within the scope of nursing as well as those which fall to the lot of physicians and surgeons. The medical men to whom women come for maternity care should not take a narrow obstetric view of their patients. We as obstetricians must be more than obstetric specialists, and must not only consider the general health and welfare of the mother but also constantly remember the life of the offspring committed to our care.
One might ask when prenatal care should begin. One could answer that it begins in the antenatal period with the prevention of
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