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November 5, 1904

PROPOSED MIDWIFE ACT IN NEW ZEALAND.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(19):1400. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500190052008

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Abstract

The question of depopulation has stirred up the New Zealanders, and the premier of that country sees an important factor in the excessive infant mortality that exists at the present time. The reform he proposes consists in the education of qualified midwives, none others being allowed to practice, the erection of maternity homes and foundling hospitals under state control or inspection and gratuitous nursing for the very poor supplied by the state. The nurses and midwives should be educated in hospitals under state supervision. Crèches and infant nursing hospitals are also to be provided.

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