A study into whether maternal country of birth is associated with an increased risk of stillbirth among pregnant women in Victoria.

  • Brief

    It is widely appreciated that stillbirths are relatively more common among women of certain ethnic groups. However, this apparently increased risk has been mostly discussed in the context of migration and social disadvantage rather than ethnicity per se.

  • Background

    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.

  • Key takeaways

    Maternal region of birth is an independent risk factor for stillbirth. Improvements in the rate of stillbirth, particularly late pregnancy stillbirth, are likely to be gained in high-income settings where clinical care is informed by maternal region of birth

  • Key contributors

    Research institution: The Ritchie, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Monash University, Melbourne
    Chief Investigator:  Dr Miranda Davies-Tuck
    Other Investigators:  Professor Euan Wallace 

  • Full report

    Access the report findings here.

  • Funding amount