Monday, November 10, 2008

Medical News Today: Serious Mental Illness Linked To Increased Risk Of Stillbirth And Newborn Deaths

Medical News Today

Mothers with any form of serious mental illness are more likely to have children who are stillborn or who die within the first month, finds research published ahead of print in the Archives of Disease in Childhood (Fetal and Neonatal Edition).

But the links between the causes of stillbirth and newborn death depend on the type of mental illness the mother has, the research shows.

The researchers looked at 1.45 million live births and 7021 stillbirths over a 25 year period from 1973 to 1998 in Denmark, to investigate links with serious mental illness.

But the chances of stillbirth and newborn death from any cause were considerably greater for babies whose mothers had been admitted to hospital for mental illness at any point before the birth of their child, than mothers who had never been admitted.

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