Journal Article

Risk Factors Associated with Stillbirth in Thai Nguyen Province, Vietnam

Swee May Cripe, Tu Thi Thanh Phung, Thi Phuong Lan Nguyen and Michelle A. Williams

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 53, issue 5, pages 366-367
Published in print October 2007 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online October 2007 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/fmm044
Risk Factors Associated with Stillbirth in Thai Nguyen Province, Vietnam

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We investigated risk factors associated with stillbirths using personal interviews and medical records abstraction in a hospital-based case-control study in Thai Nguyen Province, Vietnam. There were 47 stillbirth cases and 365 controls in this study. Maternal education (≤12 years) (Odds Ratio, OR = 3.07; 95% CI = 1.19–7.96), from rural communities (OR = 2.42; 95% CI = 1.16–5.03), primiparous (OR = 3.83; 95% CI = 1.10–13.40) and lack of prenatal care vitamins (OR = 2.56; 95% CI = 1.25–5.23) were statistically significant risk factors associated with stillbirth in an age-adjusted multivariable model. Our findings suggest that improved maternal health education and care in all communities may reduce the burden of fetal loss in this province.

Keywords: stilbirth; epidemiology; pregnant women; Vietnam

Journal Article.  623 words. 

Subjects: Paediatrics

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