Indigenous perinatal and neonatal outcomes: A time for preventive strategies
Article first published online: 20 SEP 2010
© 2010 The Authors. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health © 2010 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Special Issue: Special Indigenous Health Issue
Volume 46, Issue 9, pages 475–478, September 2010
How to Cite
Sayers, S. and Boyle, J. (2010), Indigenous perinatal and neonatal outcomes: A time for preventive strategies. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 46: 475–478. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2010.01848.x
- Issue published online: 20 SEP 2010
- Article first published online: 20 SEP 2010
- Accepted for publication 4 March 2010.
- neonatal outcomes;
- preventive strategies
Pregnancy outcomes for Indigenous mothers and babies have improved, but marked disparities remain between Indigenous and non-Indigenous women. Many contributors to these disparities such as smoking, alcohol use, poor nutrition, infection, teenage pregnancy and stress are preventable or modifiable particularly if addressed prior to pregnancy. It is suggested that we expand our reproductive health research, education and care to a life course approach beginning in early adolescence.