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Besim Ömer: Founder of the first modern maternity hospital and midwifery education in Turkey
 
 
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Department of Midwifery, School of Health Sciences, Istanbul Medipol University, Istanbul, Turkey
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Asiye Kocatürk   

Department of Midwifery, School of Health Sciences, Istanbul Medipol University, Istanbul, 34083, Turkey
Publication date: 2020-06-01
Submission date: 2020-01-01
Final revision date: 2020-03-14
Acceptance date: 2020-04-05
 
Eur J Midwifery 2020;4(June):23
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The First Maternity Hospital in Turkey was founded in 1892, next to the Medical School in Demirkapi, Istanbul. It was inaugurated by Besim Ömer who went to France in 1887 to study, was very impressed with the practices there and when he returned home, he made great efforts to open the first maternity hospital. Besim Ömer emphasized how vital the first maternity hospital was for pregnant women, newborns, doctors, and midwives. Aiming to minimize maternal and infant mortality and to train informed midwives, these new maternity homes form the basis of today’s maternity clinics.
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The author has completed and submitted the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest and none was reported.
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There was no source of funding for this research.
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Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
 
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