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Night Time Births in the Hospital Show Increase Risks for Neonatal Deaths

Wednesday, 29 October 2008 09:52

The authors of this Swedish study found that infants born at night were 28% more likely to die during the first week of life than infants born during the day.

The authors add that nighttime birth was associated with an increased risk of intrapartum death, suggesting that nighttime factors may only affect early infant care, and not the deliveries themselves.

Although the reasons behind the increased mortality risk for nighttime births are unclear, lead author Dr. Olof Stephansson, from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and colleagues note that previous research has suggested that increased fatigue among hospital staff may affect care.

Stephansson O, Dickman PW, Johansson AL, Kieler H, Cnattingius S   Time of birth and risk of intrapartum and early neonatal death   Epidemiology 2003 (Mar);   14 (2):   218-222