July 18, 1966

Areas of Responsibility in Maternal and Child Care

Author Affiliations

Madison, Wis

JAMA. 1966;197(3):225-226. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110030119051

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To the Editor:—  The Division on Maternal and Child Welfare of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin in cooperation with the Division of Maternal and Child Health of the Wisconsin State Board of Health has since 1952 conducted a survey of all deaths associated with pregnancy and the postpartum period. Death certificates are coded so that the names of patients, attending physicians, and hospitals are known only to the persons coding and to the interviewer. Where death is due to obstetric causes, data are secured by personal interview with the attending physician and a review of his office and hospital records. The interviews are done by board-certified obstetricians.The Maternal Mortality Study Committee consists of obstetricians, a pathologist, an anesthesiologist, a generalist, and the director of the Division of Maternal and Child Health of the state board of health. In the last five years the hospital maternal and child health

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