Stillbirth risk doubled among rural women with diabetes

These women are disadvantaged in pregnancy by their poorer health and their reduced access to specialist care, researchers say

Pregnant women with pre-existing diabetes who deliver in rural hospitals have double the rate of stillbirth than those birthing in metropolitan hospitals, Australian research has found.

A study covering all singleton births to women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes (excluding GDM) in Victoria over a 10-year period shows the rate of stillbirth was 2.3% in rural hospitals compared with 1.1% for urban areas.

Researchers say their retrospective, population-based review covering nearly 4000 deliveries between 2006 and 2015 includes