Sleep & stillbirth study draws media attention

The publication of a New Zealand study examining the link between sleep habits and stillbirth in pregnancy has received strong international media interest.

The research, published in the British Medical Journal, found that the risk of stillbirth for women who slept on their left side was 1.96 per 1000 compared with 3.93 per 1000 for those who slept in any other position.

You can read more about the study and expert commentary gathered by the SMC  here.

Although the research is preliminary and no firm recommendations can be made yet, the first-of-its-kind study has captured the attention of the media around the world. Below are just a few examples of the wide spread local and global coverage the research has received.

International Coverage:

BBC News: Sleep position during pregnancy ‘link to still-birth’

Guardian: Link found between stillbirth and sleeping position in pregnancy

Mirror: Mums-to-be should sleep on their left side

Slate: How a pregnant woman sleeps could impact stillborn risk

FOX news: Sleep position may affect still birth risk

The Telegraph: Sleeping routine clue to stillbirths

The Independent: Sleeping on left may cut risk of stillbirth

New Zealand Media coverage:

TVNZ News:  Sleeping on left side may reduce still births

Radio NZ Checkpoint: Stillbirth study suggests sleep position important

3 News: New research to combat stillbirth

Southland Times (also in The Press): Caution urged over stillbirth findings Sleeping patterns linked with stillbirths – research

Rotarua Daily Times: Still birth less likely for pregnant women who sleep on left: Survey