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Differences in stillbirths across the country

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On behalf of the government has the national Board of health investigated the risk of dödföddhet. That is to say that a child born without signs of life after the 22nd week of pregnancy. In this work, Karin Källén, investigators at the national Board of health and professor of clinical epidemiology at Lund university, and his colleague Anastasia Nyman compared all the regions and county councils of Stockholm, which is the largest county council.

– Then we will see clearly that there are statistically significant differences between the different regions, even if one takes into account various risk factors. This ensures that the risk of dödföddhet in, for example, Region Skåne is 25 per cent higher than in Stockholm, " says Karin Källén.

In the county of Östergötland is the 50 per cent, while in the Western Region is 30% higher, compared with Stockholm.

of 115,000, and the 120.000 children in Sweden. On average are born four dead children per 1,000 born.

But for every parent of a stillborn child, a disaster. In addition, the proportion of children who are born without signs of life is not decreased in the last ten years. From almost have had the lowest risk of dödföddhet in the whole world, Sweden has fallen behind, not least compared to our neighbouring countries where the risk is much lower.

in all, the Swedish national Board of health report that the health sector could do more to minimise the risk further.

– There is an opportunity for improvement, " says Karin Källén.

a number of factors that increase the risk of dödföddhet, as a possible overweight or obesity (high BMI) of the mother, previous miscarriage, if the mother is born in the Middle east or in Africa south of the Sahara, or if the mother has low education.

– the Woman's age also affects, especially if it is your first child. Then, it is almost a linear relationship. The older the woman is, the higher is the risk, " says Karin Källén.

– The regional differences show that they should be able to do more. Medical services may be better at identifying pregnancies at risk or to provide more information about risk factors. Another proposal is to develop a kunskapsstöd if dödföddhet to healthcare professionals, with a particular focus on, inter alia, blodprovsanalyser and tillväxtmätning, " says Karin Källén.

in Stockholm, which has many older first-time mothers, and many who are born in sub-Saharan africa, has the 3.3 stillbirths per thousand births. Perhaps it is a reasonable objective, even if the country only has the 3.0, " says Karin Källén.

Corrected: An earlier version of this text contained a misleading indication of the risk to give birth to a dead child.

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