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October 26, 1929


JAMA. 1929;93(17):1320-1321. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710170052018

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New Maternity Scheme  A committee of physicians, obstetricians and others appointed by the ministry of health to consider the working of the midwives acts, with particular reference to the training of midwives (including its relation to the education of medical students in midwifery) and the conditions under which midwives are employed, has issued its report. The committee believes that any measures directed solely to the better training of midwives and the improvement in the conditions of their employment would not materially contribute to the reduction in maternal mortality and morbidity, unless accompanied by wider measures to deal with this problem on a national basis. These measures include a comprehensive maternity scheme related to national health insurance whereby, while retaining the principle of a cash payment as at present administered, the scope of maternity benefit would be expanded to include essential health services, organized on a local basis and administered in

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