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August 22, 1925


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St. Paul. Executive Officer, Minnesota State Board of Health.

JAMA. 1925;85(8):630. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670080074031

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To the Editor:  —A misstatement concerning the number of births reported by midwives in Minnesota occurs in Dr. S. Josephine Baker's recent book on "Child Hygiene," Harper and Brothers, 1925, Chapter V, page 120: "Minnesota reports that over 75 per cent. of its births are cared for by midwives." According to the records of the Division of Vital Statistics of the Minnesota State Board of Health prepared from the original birth certificates, less than 6 per cent, of the births occurring in this state are attended by midwives. During the summer of 1923, a survey of the midwife situation in Minnesota was made by the Division of Child Hygiene. A definite increase in the number of births attended by physicians occurred during 1918-1922, over 85 per cent. of the births having medical attendants in 1922. There is also a proportionate decrease in the number of births attended by mid-wives or

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