Risk of stillbirth higher in migrant and refugee women

More effective communication may be key to reducing rates, say researchers

Migrant and refugee women have double the risk of stillbirth compared with the general Australian population, researchers say.

Mobile in baby cot

Overcoming communication barriers is key to reducing stillbirths in the population groups at most risk, including immigrants and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

More than 80,000 women who give birth in Australia each year come from non-English-speaking backgrounds, said the research team, led by Associate Professor Jane Yelland, from the University of Melbourne.

These women often