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Premature Births Linked To Physical Abuse

Date:
February 23, 2008
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Elsevier Health Sciences
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Premature birth can have serious effects on the development and growth of children. In many parts of the world, preterm deliveries are increasing in frequency. In a study in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers found that there was a strong link between physical abuse during pregnancy and premature births.

Premature birth can have serious effects on the development and growth of children. In many parts of the world, preterm deliveries are increasing in frequency. In a new study researchers from the University of Porto Medical School and the Hospital S. Joγo, Porto, Portugal, found that there was a strong link between physical abuse during pregnancy and premature births.

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Using a well-validated questionnaire, the Abuse Assessment Screen, 2660 Caucasian women consecutively delivered of singleton births at the Hospital S. Joγo were surveyed to assess their experiences during pregnancy. This survey captured demographic, behavioral and obstetric data, including the type and frequency of physical abuse, if any.

Twenty-four percent of mothers of preterm newborn infants had experienced physical abuse during pregnancy compared with 8% of mothers of term newborn infants. Violence was associated with preterm birth even after controlling for age, marital status, education, income, parity, planned pregnancy, antenatal care, smoking, alcohol, and illicit drugs use.

Writing in the article*, Teresa Rodrigues, MD, states, "The main strengths of this study are its large sample size, the high participation rate; the inclusion of women from virtually all social and economic strata and a broad range of pregnancy and delivery risk profiles. Assessment of violence exposure took place with guaranteed privacy, through face-to-face interviews that used highly trained personnel."

She emphasizes that women are not generally evaluated during pregnancy for physical abuse and that this study suggests that physicians should recognize such abuse as a risk factor for preterm delivery and address this issue with patients.

*The article is "Physical abuse during pregnancy and preterm delivery" by Teresa Rodrigues, MD, Lϊcia Rocha, MPH, and Henrique Barros, MD, PhD. It will appear in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Volume 198, Issue 2 (February 2008) published by Elsevier.


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