Lack of antenatal care, father’s occupation risk factors for perinatal mortality

Intrapartum perinatal mortality (IPPM)—the rate of infant deaths that occur during perinatal period—is a serious problem in developing countries, including India. The World Health Organization has estimated that IPPM rates in India range from 7.3 to 15 per 1,000 live births of infants weighing at least 1,000 g.

For improvement to occur, physicians and health systems in India need to “improve antenatal care, encourage the use of skilled birth attendants/hospital deliveries, and always keep a skilled neonatologist available for all high-risk deliveries.”
-C.N. Purandare, MD, DOBST, FICOG, Mumbai, India, immediate past president of the Federation of Obstetric & Gynaecological Societies of India and a member of mdCurrent’s India and International Editorial Advisory Boards

In an effort to evaluate the risk factors associated with IPPM, a recent study followed all pregnant women in a teaching hospital in Northern India who gave birth at 35 or more weeks, or who delivered a baby that weighed at least 2,000 g. The researchers analyzed patient records and interviewed mothers to gather information on...

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