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Is there an association between female circumcision and perinatal death?

Essén, Birgitta LU ; Bodker, Birgit; Sjöberg, Nils-Otto LU ; Gudmundsson, Saemundur LU ; Östergren, Per-Olof LU and Langhoff-Roos, Jens (2002) In Bulletin of the World Health Organization 80(8). p.629-632
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: In Sweden, a country with high standards of obstetric care, the high rate of perinatal mortality among children of immigrant women from the Horn of Africa raises the question of whether there is an association between female circumcision and perinatal death.

METHODS: To investigate this, we examined a cohort of 63 perinatal deaths of infants born in Sweden over the period 1990–96 to circumcised women.

FINDINGS: We found no evidence that female circumcision was related to perinatal death. Obstructed or prolonged labour, caused by scar tissue from circumcision, was not found to have any impact on the number of perinatal deaths.

CONCLUSION: The results do not support previous conclusions that genital... (More)
OBJECTIVE: In Sweden, a country with high standards of obstetric care, the high rate of perinatal mortality among children of immigrant women from the Horn of Africa raises the question of whether there is an association between female circumcision and perinatal death.

METHODS: To investigate this, we examined a cohort of 63 perinatal deaths of infants born in Sweden over the period 1990–96 to circumcised women.

FINDINGS: We found no evidence that female circumcision was related to perinatal death. Obstructed or prolonged labour, caused by scar tissue from circumcision, was not found to have any impact on the number of perinatal deaths.

CONCLUSION: The results do not support previous conclusions that genital circumcision is related to perinatal death, regardless of other circumstances, and suggest that other, suboptimal factors contribute to perinatal death among circumcised migrant women. (Less)
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Non-U.S. Gov't, Support, Risk Factors, Pregnancy, Labor Complications: ethnology, Infant Mortality, Female: adverse effects, Human, Female, Emigration and Immigration, Infant, Cohort Studies, Africa, Sweden: epidemiology, Eastern: ethnology, Circumcision, Adult
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  abstract     = {OBJECTIVE: In Sweden, a country with high standards of obstetric care, the high rate of perinatal mortality among children of immigrant women from the Horn of Africa raises the question of whether there is an association between female circumcision and perinatal death.<br/><br>
METHODS: To investigate this, we examined a cohort of 63 perinatal deaths of infants born in Sweden over the period 1990–96 to circumcised women.<br/><br>
FINDINGS: We found no evidence that female circumcision was related to perinatal death. Obstructed or prolonged labour, caused by scar tissue from circumcision, was not found to have any impact on the number of perinatal deaths.<br/><br>
CONCLUSION: The results do not support previous conclusions that genital circumcision is related to perinatal death, regardless of other circumstances, and suggest that other, suboptimal factors contribute to perinatal death among circumcised migrant women.},
  author       = {Essén, Birgitta and Bodker, Birgit and Sjöberg, Nils-Otto and Gudmundsson, Saemundur and Östergren, Per-Olof and Langhoff-Roos, Jens},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {8},
  pages        = {629--632},
  publisher    = {World Health Organization},
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  title        = {Is there an association between female circumcision and perinatal death?},
  volume       = {80},
  year         = {2002},
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