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Lookup NU author(s): Mary Bythell,
Dr Ruth Bell,
Dr Richard Taylor,
Dr Christopher Wright,
Professor Judith Rankin,
Dr Martin Ward Platt
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The impact of late terminations (≥24 weeks) on the overall stillbirth rate was determined for the 12-year period from 1994 to 2005 using data collected by the Regional Maternity Survey Office in the north of England. It is a legal requirement to register late terminations, and this may lead to an overestimation of the true stillbirth rate. In our region, terminations resulting in stillbirth increased the registered stillbirth rate by nearly 10%. The impact remained stable for the period 1998-2005. This suggests that the failure of the national (and regional) stillbirth rate to decline in recent years is not due to an increase in late terminations. © 2008 The Authors.
Author(s): Bythell M, Bell R, Taylor R, Zalewski S, Wright C, Rankin JM, Ward Platt M
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Print publication date: 01/04/2008
ISSN (print): 1470-0328
ISSN (electronic): 1471-0528
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
PubMed id: 18333949
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