Journal article

Perinatal outcome in Western Australia, 1968 to 1975 3. Causes of stillbirths and neonatal deaths excluding congenital malformations.

FJ Stanley, MS Hobbs

Med J Aust | Published : 1981


Major causes of stillbirths recorded on death certificates between 1968 and 1975 in Western Australia were maternal conditions (including heart and renal disease, infections and diabetes), pre-eclampsia, antepartum haemorrhage and cord problems; a large number were of unknown cause. Fetal death rates due to maternal conditions, difficult labour, antepartum haemorrhage, premature rupture of membranes and haemolytic disease all fell with time. Stillbirth rates from multiple pregnancy and fetal distress rose over time, particularly the former. Rates for all causes of neonatal death fell over time except those for hyaline membrane disease/respiratory distress syndrome which rose, but only in low..

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