Postneonatal mortality in Western Australia 1970-1978.
A Read, F Stanley
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health | Published : 1983
Postneonatal deaths in Western Australia from 1970-78 were studied using a linked file of birth and death registrations. Postneonatal mortality fell during the period under study. The fall occurred in both male and female rates and the former were higher than the latter in all years. The infants at high risk during the postneonatal period were those born to unmarried teenage mothers residing in rural areas, especially if the infants were of low birthweight (less than 2500g). Multiple births and those infants born to mothers whose previous issues were over 4 were also at high risk. Infants born to Aboriginal mothers experienced a significantly higher rate of postneonatal mortality than those ..View full abstract