Journal article

Stillbirths in Western Australia 1980-1983: influence of race, residence and place of birth.

LM Alessandri, FJ Stanley, VP Waddell, J Newnham

Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol | Published : 1988


All stillbirths in Western Australia from 1980-83 weighing 1,000 g and over were identified from perinatal death certificates, and their causes and demographic correlates described. The stillbirth rate was 4.91 per 1,000 total births; nearly 65% were antepartum, 25% intrapartum and in 10% the time of death was unknown. The cause of death of most stillbirths was unknown (52%) or associated with lethal congenital malformations (13%), antepartum haemorrhage (12%) or maternal hypertension (8%). Whilst Aboriginal women had much higher stillbirth rates (10.80) than non-Aboriginal women (4.57), their patterns of time and causes of death were similar. Both antepartum and intrapartum stillbirth rates..

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