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An interactive resource for moms on easy steps they can take to reduce exposure to chemical toxins during pregnancy.
Other excellent resources about avoiding toxins during pregnancy
These are easy to read and understand and are beautifully presented.
Pantin attempts to reconcile his findings with I. Loudon's study in which maternal mortality plateaued in almost every western country between 1850 and 1936. Loudon noted that two factors contributed to maternal death--maternal health and obstetric care. What happens, he asked, if only one of these determinants changes? The Isle of Man provided such a situation, since up to 1911 maternal health improved without a change in childbirth management. To explain the England and Wales plateau, Pantin notes that the effects of better health would have been nullified by the increased mortality due to the increasing intervention at births by doctors (which had begun earlier than on the Isle of Man). Fewer mothers, he says, would have died in childbirth in the countries with Loudon's plateaus "if doctors had let well alone instead of supplanting the midwives".
Lancet, vol 347, number 9009, Saturday 27 April 1996
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