Planned preterm births halved in pandemic's early days

The decline could have been due to less stressed pregnant women, Australian researchers suggest

The forced break from the stresses of daily life prompted by pandemic lockdowns may have reduced the rate of planned preterm births at an Australian hospital, researchers suggest. 

Admissions for planned preterm caesarean and induced births more than halved at Brisbane's Mater Mothers' Hospital between March and April 2020, compared to the previous seven years, the study shows.

The rate of planned moderate/late preterm births during early COVID-19 restrictions was 29 per 1000 births compared with a seven year average of 64 per