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The international Perinatal Outcomes in the Pandemic (iPOP) study: protocol

Sarah J Stock, Helga Zoega, Meredith Brockway, Rachel H Mulholland, Jessica E Miller, Jasper V Been, Rachael Wood, Ishaya I Abok, Belal Alshaikh, Adejumoke I Ayede, Fabiana Bacchini, Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Bronwyn K Brew, Jeffrey Brook, Clara Calvert, Marsha Campbell-Yeo, Deborah Chan, James Chirombo, Kristin L Connor, Mandy Daly Show all

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Abstract

Preterm birth is the leading cause of infant death worldwide, but the causes of preterm birth are largely unknown. During the early COVID-19 lockdowns, dramatic reductions in preterm birth were reported; however, these trends may be offset by increases in stillbirth rates. It is important to study these trends globally as the pandemic continues, and to understand the underlying cause(s). Lockdowns have dramatically impacted maternal workload, access to healthcare, hygiene practices, and air pollution - all of which could impact perinatal outcomes and might affect pregnant women differently in different regions of the world. In the international Perinatal Outcomes in the Pandemic (iPOP) Study..

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