Deaths of Scottish Infants Drop Dramatically

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Delivery-related deaths of term infants decreased nearly 40% over two decades in Scotland, most likely because fewer babies died from lack of oxygen during childbirth ...

The risk of delivery-related perinatal death decreased from 8.8 to 5.5 deaths per 10,000 births between 1988 and 2007 ...

The decrease was mostly attributable to a significant drop in deaths ascribed to intrapartum anoxia, which fell ... from 5.7 to 3.0 per 10,000 births

... "The pattern of the decline suggests that this was primarily due to a reduced number of severely anoxic infants, rather than improved neonatal resuscitation. The change was paralleled by increased rates of cesarean delivery, but there is no direct evidence supporting a causal association between the two trends," ...

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448