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Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 1999 Feb;39(1):31-4.

Anaemia and perinatal outcome in Port Moresby.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby, New Guinea.


In 1987, a computerized obstetric database was set up at the Port Moresby General Hospital. Between 1987 and 1992, 27,117 births took place. The mean haemoglobin value amongst the 83% of women in whom a haemoglobin value was tested was 10.0 +/- 1.7 g/dL. High stillbirth rates (94 per 1,000) were associated with a haemoglobin value < 6 g/dL. The stillbirth rate was slightly lower (14 per 1,000) in woman whose lowest haemoglobin value was in the range 10.0-10.9 g/dL than in those with a haemoglobin value > or = 11 g/dL (18 per 1,000). The stillbirth rate was increased in women with haemoglobin values > or = 14.0 g/dL. With respect to low birth-weight (< 2,500 g), the rates were also higher when the haemoglobin value was above 14.0 g/dL. The reason for these findings is not apparent and may be due to the impact of an uncharacterized confounding variable rather than the haemoglobin value.

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