Childbirth in Developing Countries

  • M. Potts
  • B. Janowitz
  • J. A. Fortney

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. High-Risk Pregnancy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. J. A. Fortney, J. E. Higgins, A. Diaz-Infante Jr, F. Hefnawi, L. G. Lampe, I. Batar
      Pages 3-15
    3. J. A. Fortney, E. W. Whitehorne
      Pages 16-28
    4. G. Araujo, L. Araujo, B. Janowitz, S. L. Wallace, M. Potts
      Pages 29-40
  3. Cesarean Delivery

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. B. Janowitz, D. Covington, J. E. Higgins, L. F. Moreno, M. S. Nakamura, J. A. Nunez et al.
      Pages 43-55
    3. I. Chi, A. B. Saifuddin, D. E. Gunatilake, S. L. Wallace
      Pages 56-63
    4. J. A. Fortney, K. I. Kennedy, L. E. Laufe
      Pages 64-80
  4. Birth Spacing: Determinants and Consequences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. B. Janowitz, D. J. Nichols
      Pages 83-97
    3. J. A. Fortney, J. E. Higgins
      Pages 112-126
  5. Family Planning Services in the Maternity Hospital

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. D. J. Nichols, B. Janowitz
      Pages 129-138
    3. B. Janowitz, J. Lewis, D. Covington, M. S. Nakamura
      Pages 139-149
    4. B. Janowitz, J. Nunez
      Pages 150-155
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 157-162

About this book


The need to improve maternal and child health care may be the most important global health need of the remaining years of the twentieth century. It is central to the World Health Organization's (WHO) goal of Health for All by the Year 2000. The vast majority of births occur in developing countries, where maternity care is often rudimentary. The rates of maternal and infant morbidity and death for these countries are extremely high but much of the morbidity and death is preventable, even with the limited resources available for health care in many parts of the world. The resources devoted to maternal and child care should be greatly expanded, but even the most hopeful projections will leave a wide gap between human needs and available services. WHO estimates that two billion deliveries in the remaining two decades of this century will not be attended by a trained person. At a minimum, it is probable that two million of these women will die in childbirth. There were approximately 130 million births in the world in 1980.


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Editors and affiliations

  • M. Potts
    • 1
  • B. Janowitz
    • 1
  • J. A. Fortney
    • 1
  1. 1.Family Health InternationalResearch Triangle ParkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-011-7267-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-7265-3
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