The night--a dangerous time to be born?

TitreThe night--a dangerous time to be born?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1986
AuthorsDomenighetti, G, Paccaud, F
JournalBr J Obstet Gynaecol
Date Published1986 Dec
Mots-clésBirth Weight, Female, Fetal Death, Humans, Infant Mortality, Infant, Newborn, Pregnancy, Risk, Switzerland, Time Factors

An analysis of perinatal mortality by hour of birth among 10,059 births in Canton Ticino (Switzerland) during the years 1979-1982 showed that fewer births occurred at night than during the day. The variations in number of births by hour of birth were attributed to obstetric practices. The perinatal mortality rate for night-time births was more than twice as high as that for the daytime births (+127%, P less than 0.001) and the rates for night-time births exceeded those for daytime births for 13 of the 19 causes of death examined. A higher proportion of the low and very-low-birthweight babies (less than 2500 g and less than 1500 g) were born at night between 19.00 and 06.59 hours.

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Alternate JournalBr J Obstet Gynaecol
Citation Key / SERVAL ID3675
PubMed ID3801356


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