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Adverse outcomes of labour in public and private hospitals in Australia

Lyndsey F Watson, Mary-Ann Davey, Mary A Biro and James F King
Med J Aust 2009; 190 (9): 518-519.
Published online: 4 May 2009

To the Editor: In their recent article, Robson and colleagues conclude that women are at increased risk of adverse perinatal outcomes if they give birth in public rather than private hospitals.1 We are concerned that this interpretation is likely to be false, has caused the public unnecessary alarm, and may be used to support vested interests.

  • Lyndsey F Watson1
  • Mary-Ann Davey1
  • Mary A Biro2
  • James F King3

  • 1 Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Department of Perinatal Medicine, Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: l.watson@latrobe.edu.au

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