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released: 12 Sep 2014 author: AIHW: Hilder L, Li Z, Zeki R & Sullivan EA media release

This is the first national report on the epidemiology of stillbirth in Australia. The report makes use of the extensive data about pregnancy and birth that have been collected in all states and territories since 1991. For the period 1991–2009, the stillbirth rate ranged from 6.4–7.8 per 1,000 births.

ISSN 1321-8336; ISBN 978-1-74249-635-1; Cat. no. PER 63; 81pp.; $13

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 Rationale for the report
      • 1.2 What is a stillbirth?
      • 1.3 Classifications for cause of death among stillbirths
      • 1.4 Information about stillbirths
      • 1.5 Structure of this report
    • 2 Sources of information for this report
      • 2.1 National Perinatal Data Collection and Perinatal National Minimum Data Set
      • 2.2 State and territory perinatal data collections
      • 2.3 State and territory perinatal death review committees
    • 3 Trends in stillbirth
      • 3.1 Stillbirths in relation to perinatal mortality
      • 3.2 Number of stillbirths
      • 3.3 Multiple births
      • 3.4 Births at different gestations
      • 3.5 Size of the baby at birth
      • 3.6 Maternal age
      • 3.7 Parity
      • 3.8 Maternal Indigenous status
      • 3.9 Remoteness of mother's area of usual residence
    • 4 Cause of stillbirth
    • 5 Recent data
      • 5.1 Risk of stillbirth by state and territory
      • 5.2 Risk of stillbirth by maternal sociodemographic characteristics
      • 5.3 Risk of stillbirth by baby characteristics
    • 6 International comparison
    • 7 Conclusion and the way forward
      • 7.1 Further reduction of stillbirth is possible
      • 7.2 Improving national maternity data
      • 7.3 Stillbirth diversity
      • 7.4 Impact of termination of pregnancy on stillbirth rates
      • 7.5 In conclusion
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A: Fetal Deaths Report Expert Reference Group
      • Appendix B: Statistical methods used in the report
      • Appendix C: Data quality statement National Perinatal Data Collection
      • Appendix D: Data used in figures
      • Appendix E: Enhancing maternity data for births in New South Wales with details of perinatal deaths
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes
    • Related publications

Recommended citation

AIHW: Hilder L, Li Z, Zeki R & Sullivan EA 2014. Stillbirths in Australia 1991-2009. Perinatal statistics series no. 29. Cat. no. PER 63. Canberra: AIHW.

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