Inducing older mothers earlier potentially lowers stillbirth risk

The retrospective cohort study looked at 62,000 term births from 1998–2008 at selected Australian hospitals.

Women ≥40 years accounted for 3.5% of births but 8.5% of term stillbirths, and had a 2.4 in 1000 risk of stillbirth after 37 weeks’ gestation, compared with 0.8/1000 for women aged 35–39 or 1/1000 for women under 35 years.

The authors argued that a policy of induction for older women at or beyond 37 weeks “has the potential benefit of decreasing stillbirth