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Finsbury 1937

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Finsbury Borough]

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Below I have indicated the number of cases attended by the municipal home helps since the beginning of the scheme in 1929.

Year.No. of Cases.

Home helps are supplied both during the ante-natal and
post-natal periods.
Consultants for Complicated Cases.
Under the Public Health (Notification of Puerperal Fever and
Puerperal Pyrexia) Regulations, 1926, arrangements have been
made for consultation with an obstetric consultant at the request
of medical practitioners attending women in confinement.
These arrangements have been extended to apply not only to
cases of puerperal fever or pyrexia, but any difficult case where
a practitioner asks for specialist advice.
Under the midwifery scheme, these cases are dealt with by
the hospitals concerned, and it is only very rarely that a case
arises in the practice of general practitioners.
The Council has arranged a panel of obstetric consultants
for this purpose.
Last year a consultant was supplied in one case.
Maternal Mortality.
This measures the death rate of mothers due to and associated
with child-bearing. It is expressed as a number per 1,000 births,
because it is assumed that each time a birth occurs the mother's
life may theoretically be presumed to be in peril.