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Gac Sanit. 2004;18 Suppl 2:13-23.

[The challenge of maternity in Spain: social and health difficulties].

[Article in Spanish]

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Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública, Red de Investigación de Salud y Género, Granada, España. gracia@easp.es

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The present article reviews the recent literature on various issues related to maternity services and fertility in Spain and elsewhere.

METHOD:

Information obtained from several official sources, technical reports, and the scientific literature produced in the last 5 years were used.

RESULTS:

Maternity is assigned insufficient importance due to cultural changes, women's difficulties in the labor market, inadequate public policies to support families, and deficiencies in the quality of pre- and postdelivery maternity care.

CONCLUSIONS:

Increased fertility rates may transform the organization of productive and reproductive work and the development of health and social services, and may stimulate improvement in institutional support.

PMID:
15171841
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