Journal article

Provider-initiated delivery, late preterm birth and perinatal mortality: a secondary analysis of the WHO multicountry survey on maternal and newborn health

Naho Morisaki, Xun Zhang, Togoobaatar Ganchimeg, Joshua P Vogel, Joo Paulo Dias Souza, Jose G Cecatti, Maria Regina Torloni, Erika Ota, Rintaro Mori, Suneeta Mittal, Suzanne Tough, Siobhan Dolan, Michael S Kramer

BMJ GLOBAL HEALTH | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2017

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: In high-income countries, a reduced clinical threshold for obstetric interventions such as labour induction (LI) and prelabour caesarean delivery (PLCD) has played a substantial role in increasing rates of late preterm births. However, the association between provider-initiated delivery and perinatal outcomes have not been studied in a multicountry setting including low-income and middle-income countries. METHODS: 286 hospitals in 29 countries participated in the WHO Multi-Country Survey on Maternal and Newborn Health and yielded 2 52 198 singleton births of at least 34 weeks in 2010-2011. We used an ecological analysis based on generalised estimating equations under multilevel..

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