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Close ties between obstetric clinics and maternity hospitals are supporting Japan’s top-level safety in childbirths, which has led to very low rates both of perinatal mortality and maternal death.

There is a need for obstetric clinics and maternity hospitals to share the burden between them, said Hideo Takemura, vice president of the Japan Association of Obstetricians & Gynecologists and director of Kosaka Women’s Hospital in Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture.

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