There is evidence to suggest that maternal ethnicity is a risk factor for stillbirth, although the reasons for this are unclear. A better understanding of the increased risk amongst women born overseas would be expected to not only improve outcomes for those women in the future but may also identify mechanisms of stillbirth that might apply to all women, irrespective of where they were born.
This projects aims to address these possibilities by examining whether maternal country of birth is associated with an increased risk of stillbirth in pregnancy among women giving birth in Victoria.
Amount granted: $31,516
Research institution: The Ritchie, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Monash University, Melbourne
Chief Investigator: Dr Miranda Davies-Tuck
Other Investigators: Professor Euan Wallace