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

Gac Sanit. 2004:18 Suppl 2:13-23. doi: 10.1157/13061991.
[Article in Spanish]


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.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Induced / statistics & numerical data
  • Birth Rate / trends
  • Contraception / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infertility / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Maternal Welfare* / trends
  • Perinatal Care
  • Pregnancy
  • Social Support
  • Spain
  • Women, Working / statistics & numerical data