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May 2, 1953


JAMA. 1953;152(1):70. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690010076020

Short Stay in Maternity Hospitals.  —Domicilary midwifery has almost disappeared in Australia. Nearly all expectant mothers receive antenatal supervision and go to a well-equipped maternity hospital for their confinement. This has placed a heavy strain on the beds in maternity hospitals, and normal healthy patients are expected to leave as early as nine or even eight days after the birth. At the Melbourne Women's Hospital a maternity convalescent unit is being built in quiet garden surroundings to which mothers and babies who have had a normal delivery will be transferred after two days. They will stay there for 10 days. During that time instruction in mother-craft will be given. A parallel plan is to allow normal mothers to return to their homes after 48 hours provided a report on a visit to the home by the hospital almoner shows that adequate help is available and the home conditions are suitable.

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