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Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2013 Dec;123(3):252-3. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2013.06.020. Epub 2013 Sep 4.

Stillbirths and neonatal mortality as outcomes.

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Department of Obstetrics, Columbia University School of Medicine, New York, USA. Electronic address: rlg88@columbia.edu.

Abstract

Several recent studies in low-resource countries have claimed that training in-and increased use of-newborn resuscitation resulted in reduced stillbirth rates. In the present article, we explore the ability of various types of birth attendant in some low-resource country locations to gather data that accurately differentiate a stillbirth from a live birth/early neonatal death. We conclude that, in many situations, it cannot be determined whether the infant was a stillbirth or a live birth/early neonatal death, and therefore the least-biased description of study outcomes includes a combined stillbirth and live birth/neonatal death outcome. However, because defining the burden of stillbirth and neonatal death is important from a public health perspective, every effort should be made, in low-income countries and elsewhere, to distinguish between stillbirths and live births/neonatal deaths and to report the results independently.

KEYWORDS:

Perinatal mortality; Resuscitation; Stillbirth

PMID:
24050480
PMCID:
PMC4349406
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijgo.2013.06.020
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