Aussie women born overseas have higher rates of stillbirths

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Women in Australia who were born overseas in South Asia, Oceania and Africa have significantly higher chances of having a stillbirth that Australian born women, according to Aussie research. The study found the risk of still birth was significantly higher for women from Africa at 32 to 36 weeks gestation, women from Oceania at 37 to 41 weeks gestation, and women from South Asia at 24 to 31 and 37 to 41 weeks gestation. The researchers say these findings add further weight to calls for ethnicity to be included as a consideration when individualising pregnancy management.

Journal/conference: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

DOI: 10.1111/ajo.13085

Organisation/s: The University of Sydney, NSW Government, Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Victorian Government, The University of New South Wales

Funder: YB, a NSW biostatistics trainee, and ST were funded by a Prevention Research Support Grant, NSW Ministry of Health. This work was completed while YB was employed as a trainee on the NSW Biostatistics Training Program funded by the NSW Ministry of Health. She undertook this work while based at the Women and Babies Research.

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