Pregnancy and childbirth

Hiranthi Jayaweera, Heather Joshi, Alison Macfarlane, Denise Hawkes and Neville Butler

in Children of the 21st century

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346889
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301783 | DOI:
Pregnancy and childbirth

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In the UK, birth registration and NHS maternity statistics systems collect information about trends in demographic structure and patterns of care at delivery. This chapter analyses the data about pregnancy and mothers' use of services in their social context, and relates them to the trends documented elsewhere. It reviews the process of giving birth in the Millennium. First, it examines the timing of motherhood. Then, it looks at the age of motherhood, whether it was planned and whether fertility was assisted. The chapter follows with a consideration of the use and experience of the health services related to maternity and delivery. Finally, it considers mothers' intentions about future fertility.

Keywords: NHS; maternity systems; pregnancy; motherhood; fertility; health services

Chapter.  9276 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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