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Is any continuity better than no continuity to address preterm birth and perinatal loss?

      It seems extraordinary to even report it, but I have just returned from a face to face conference and it seems worthy of an Editorial. Pre 2020, I went to these sort of events a lot – maybe four or five times a year – midwifery conferences, perinatal conferences, women’s health events, hospital-based conferences and so on. To have attended one face to face conference in two and a half years is amazing and I know I am luckier than most people reading this.
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