Stillbirth risk higher for South Asian women

In the first study to look at  potential influence of ethnicity on stillbirths in Australia, the researchers retrospectively analysed birth outcomes at 37–42 weeks (excluding babies with congenital abnormalities) in three Melbourne public hospitals over a 10-year period.

They found among more than 44,000 births the rate of stillbirth per 1000 births was 1.48 for Australian-born women, 1.06 among South-East and East-Asian-born women and 3.55 for women born in South Asia.

This meant South Asian-born women had a stillbirth rate 2.4 times greater than