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..View full abstract
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.