Journal article

Changing risks of stillbirth and neonatal mortality associated with maternal age in Western Australia 1984-2003

Colleen M O'Leary, Carol Bower, Matthew Knuiman, Fiona J Stanley

PAEDIATRIC AND PERINATAL EPIDEMIOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2007

Abstract

There has been a trend over the past two decades in some Western countries for women to delay childbearing, a factor associated with an increased risk of perinatal mortality (stillbirth and neonatal death). While the rates of stillbirth and neonatal mortality have improved in some countries, it has not been established whether maternal age remains a risk factor for perinatal mortality in Australia. The Western Australian Maternal and Child Health Research Database (MCHRDB) was used to examine the effect of maternal age on perinatal death in the periods 1984-93 and 1994-2003 after adjustment for parity and sociodemographic factors. Stillbirths and neonatal deaths were analysed separately. The..

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