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June 7, 1947


Author Affiliations


From the Illinois Department of Public Health, Roland R. Cross, M.D., Director; Division of Maternal and Child Hygiene, Henrietta Herbolsheimer, M.D., Chief.

JAMA. 1947;134(6):518-522. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880230028007

In Illinois licensure by the State Department of Public Health is required by statute of all hospitals giving maternity service. To qualify for a maternity license the hospital must comply with a number of regulations established by the Division of Maternal and Child Hygiene in conjunction with medical and hospital advisory groups. Among the requirements for licensure are those dealing with segregation of the obstetric unit, adequate physical arrangement, trained personnel, essential equipment, approved technics and acceptable records. Included in the item of records is the requirement of submission to the Division of Maternal and Child Hygiene of a monthly report which shows the number of mothers and infants cared for, the type of delivery, the operative procedures employed, the incidence and types of complications encountered, the frequency of abortions and ectopic gestations and the number and causes of stillbirths and neonatal and maternal deaths. These reports are given careful

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