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Children of the 21st centuryFrom birth to nine months$
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Shirley Dex and Heather Joshi

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346889

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346889.001.0001

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Pregnancy and childbirth

Pregnancy and childbirth

(p.109) Four Pregnancy and childbirth
Children of the 21st century

Hiranthi Jayaweera

Heather Joshi

Alison Macfarlane

Denise Hawkes

Neville Butler

Policy Press

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

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