Journal article

Risk of major labour-related complications for pregnancies progressing to 42 weeks or beyond

Anthea C Lindquist, Roxanne M Hastie, Richard J Hiscock, Natasha L Pritchard, Susan P Walker, Stephen Tong

BMC Medicine | BMC | Published : 2021


BACKGROUND: Post-term gestation beyond 41+6 completed weeks of gestation is known to be associated with a sharp increase in the risk of stillbirth and perinatal mortality. However, the risk of common adverse outcomes related to labour, such as shoulder dystocia and post-partum haemorrhage for those delivering at this advanced gestation, remains poorly characterised. The objective of this study was to examine the risk of adverse, labour-related outcomes for women progressing to 42 weeks gestation or beyond, compared with those giving birth at 39 completed weeks. METHODS: We performed a state-wide cohort study using routinely collected perinatal data in Australia. Comparing the two gestation c..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Doctors Lindquist, Hastie, and Tong receive salary support from the National Health and Medical Research Council. Dr Prichard receives a scholarship from the National Health and Medical Research Council.