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October 2, 1948


JAMA. 1948;138(5):369. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900050037016

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Washington Letter  (From a Special Correspondent)Sept. 8, 1948.

Record in Physician-Attended Births  Data released by National Office of Vital Statistics show that 1946 marked a new high record in the matter of physicianattended births and births taking place in hospitals. Of the 3,288,672 live births recorded for the year, 2,708,223 (82.4 per cent) were in hospitals and 402,759 (12.2 per cent) were attended by physicians outside hospitals. Only 177,690 (5.4 per cent) were attended by midwives or other nonmembers of the medical profession. By contrast, in 1935 only 37 per cent of confinements were in hospitals, slightly more than one half were attended by physicians outside hospitals and in 1 out of 8 midwives or other nonprofessional persons were utilized.The statistical picture reveals significant differences between white and nonwhite groups and between urban and rural areas. All but 1.6 per cent of the white births were attended by

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