Government data show higher mortality in babies of lower gestational age

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 30 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:420
  1. Toby Reynolds
  1. BMJ

    Babies born at 37 weeks' gestation are three times more likely to die in their first year than those born at 40 weeks, show government data for England and Wales in 2005 that link infant mortality to gestational age.

    However, infant mortality in this gestation range was still low, at 4.1 deaths per 1000 live births among babies born at 37 weeks and 1.3 per 1000 among those born at 40 weeks, says the report, published by the Office for National Statistics in Health Statistics Quarterly (2007;35:13-27).

    The data covered all 645 887 live births in England and Wales in 2005. Overall mortality in the first year of life was …

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