The need for appropriate language in the debate on medicalisation of pregnancy

Catherine Cluver, Christianne de Groot, Ben W. Mol* (Corresponding Author), Kellie E. Murphy, Jane E. Norman, Rodolfo Pacagnella, Kirsten Palmer, Liona C. Poon, Daniel L. Rolnik, Catherine Y. Spong, Sarah J. Stock, Shakila Thangaratinam, Stephen Tong, Corine Verhoeven, Lan N. Vuong, Sue P. Walker, Liu Xiaohua

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Although the majority of pregnancies progress smoothly and result in the birth of a healthy baby, this is not always the case. Pregnancy can have severe complications, including stillbirth, affecting eight in 1000 pregnancies in France;1 maternal hypertension, affecting 74 in 1000,2 or neonatal death, affecting three in 1000. Obstetrics and midwifery are the fields of study focused on pregnancy, childbirth, and the post-partum period. They aim to identify, by screening or diagnosis, pregnant women at risk of complications and offer ways to prevent or treat complications to improve outcomes...
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)818-819
Number of pages2
JournalThe Lancet
Issue number10379
Early online date9 Mar 2023
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2023


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