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Stillborn births more common in Asian, African pregnancies

A view of an ultrasound image

New research has shown South Asian- and African-born women in Australia face a far greater risk of stillbirth than their locally born counterparts.The findings have prompted a rethink of international guidelines and the tailoring of late-term foetal monitoring for mothers from different ethnic backgrounds.Gareth Boreham reports.

New research from the Hudson Institute in Melbourne shows stillbirth is most prevalent among women from countries like India, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

Monash Medical Centre obstetrician Dr Shavi Fernando says the findings have the potential to change international practice when it comes to caring for pregnant mothers.

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