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Maternal and perinatal death report raises concerns

John Kerr posted in on July 29th, 2011.

A recent report on maternal and perinatal deaths has raised some tough questions about maternal care in New Zealand. The Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC) released a report this week which examines the state of New Zealand’s care of expecting and new mothers. The PMMRC reviews maternal deaths and all deaths of infants […]

Sleep & stillbirth study draws media attention

John Kerr posted in on June 16th, 2011.

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 […]

Experts respond: Maternal sleep habits and stillbirth risk

John Kerr posted in on June 15th, 2011.

A New Zealand study published today in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has examined whether snoring, sleep position, and other sleep practices in pregnant women are associated with risk of stillbirth. Researchers at the University of Auckland found that sleeping on the left side may be associated with a reduced risk of stillbirth, when compared with […]

Stillbirth – New Zealand’s quiet epidemic

John Kerr posted in on April 14th, 2011.

Today the Lancet published its comprehensive article series on stillbirth, drawing attention to the understated global prevalence of the phenomenon. One baby out of every 130 who reach the midpoint of pregnancy in New Zealand and Australia will be stillborn. Unexplained stillbirth is ten times more common that cot death (SIDS), and yet the issue […]

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