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South Asian Women at Greater Risk of Stillbirths

by Savitha C Muppala on September 3, 2012 at 11:04 PM
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 South Asian Women at Greater Risk of Stillbirths

A recent research carried out at three Melbourne public hospitals, has pointed out that women born in South Asian countries, carry a huge risk of stillbirth as compared to Australian-born women.

The reason behind this inequality is not fully clear, despite considering the usual risk factors for stillbirth.

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One of the important reasons for this disparity could be due to the low birth weight of babies born to women from South Asia. The risk of  stillbirth in South Asian women rose up as gestation progressed between 37 and 41 weeks.

Women from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh carried a 2.4 times higher risk of stillbirth as compared to Australian-born women, the research revealed.

"These results support observations in other Western populations that women of South Asian origin have a higher risk of stillbirth than other women. However, the reasons for this difference remain obscure", researchers said.



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