Research Article

Analysis of ethnic differences in perinatal statistics.

Br Med J 1980; 281 doi: (Published 15 November 1980) Cite this as: Br Med J 1980;281:1307
  1. P B Terry,
  2. R G Condie,
  3. R S Settatree


    The 3996 mothers delivered at Dudley Road Hospital, Birmingham, in 1979 were analysed for their ethnic origins. Social classes IV and V predominated in all groups. A high proportion of Indian mothers fell into the low-risk group based on age and parity but had the highest stillbirth and perinatal mortality rates (15.1 and 27.5/1000 respectively) and infants of low mean birth weight (2986 g). Elderly and multiparous mothers were characteristic of the Pakistani and Bangladeshi groups. Young, primiparous mothers were more common among the West Indians and Europeans, in whom the stillbirth and perinatal mortality rates were low; infants in the European group had a mean birth weight higher than in any other group (3231 g). From these findings ethnic origin of the mother is apparently an important factor in perinatal mortality.