Spontaneous Births into Toilets

    Volume 29, Issue 2 (April 1984)

    ISSN: 0022-1198


    Page Count: 6

    Mitchell, EK
    Medical examiner, Onondaga County, Syracuse, NY

    Davis, JH
    Chief medical examiner, Dade County, Miami, FL

    (Received 25 June 1983; accepted 25 August 1983)


    Since inception of the Dade County Medical Examiner Department in 1956 and the end of 1982 a total of 18 spontaneous births into toilets were investigated. A retrospective review of these cases revealed a high degree of maternal denial of pregnancy and refusal of responsibility for the fetus by primiparous mothers of term births, the instances of most questionable manner of death. A consideration in the examination of these natal deaths should be investigation of maternal postnatal behavior along with the circumstances of birth and autopsy findings.

    Paper ID: JFS11708J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11708J

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    Title Spontaneous Births into Toilets
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30