Is the New Obstetrics Package for Nonlocal Pregnant Women Making a Change? Abstract

KD LAM

Objectives:
To determine whether the new obstetrics package for non-local pregnant women delivering in Hong Kong has had an impact on the local obstetric service and pregnancy outcomes.

Methods:
This is a retrospective study based on delivery records of women who gave birth in Tuen Mun Hospital during two different periods. Records of 1713 non-booked pregnant women and 155 booked pregnant women who gave birth between March 2006 and February 2007, and 1297 booked pregnant women and 101 non-booked pregnant women who gave birth between August 2007 and July 2008 in Tuen Mun Hospital were reviewed.

Results:
There was a significant drop in the number of non-local pregnant women delivering in our hospital (p

Conclusion:
The package successfully reduced the number of non-local pregnant women delivering in Tuen Mun Hospital but did not improve pregnancy outcomes. A more comprehensive package is needed to improve their pregnancy outcomes.

Hong Kong J Gynaecol Obstet Midwifery 2010; 10:62-8

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