Prematurity Rates During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic Lockdown in Melbourne, Australia

Matheson A, et al, Obstetrics & Gynecology: February 4, 2021

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000004236




" Preliminary international data suggest a decrease in prematurity during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, potentially due to the effect of lockdown. Others could not confirm this observation. The lockdown implemented in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia, has been one of the longest and strictest in the world."


"We confirm an association between lockdown and reduced preterm birth rates. The reduction that occurred was stronger in medically indicated than in spontaneous prematurity and, reassuringly, without increases in stillbirth or undetected small-for-gestational-age neonates. Conversely, we also found a decrease in stillbirth rates during lockdown."

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