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The contribution of late termination of pregnancy to stillbirth rates in Northern England, 1994-2005

Lookup NU author(s): Mary Bythell, Dr Ruth Bell, Dr Richard Taylor, Dr Christopher Wright, Professor Judith Rankin, Dr Martin Ward Platt



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.

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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

Year: 2008

Volume: 115

Issue: 5

Pages: 664-666

Print publication date: 01/04/2008

ISSN (print): 1470-0328

ISSN (electronic): 1471-0528

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2008.01668.x

PubMed id: 18333949


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