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Rev Epidemiol Sante Publique. 2005 Nov;53 Spec No 2:2S81-6.

Foetal mortality, infant mortality, and age of parents. An overview.

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  • 1Institute of Demography, University of Louvain, 1-17 place Montesquieu, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.


This review article examines the relationship between late foetal and infant mortality, and age of parents. The highest risks are observed at older maternal ages for foetal mortality and at both extremes of reproductive ages for infant mortality. For infant morbidity, the role of intermediate variables is discussed. Increasing paternal age seems to be related to higher foetal and neonatal mortality.

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