Trajectories of fetal loss in the Czech Republic

Demography. 1999 Aug;36(3):327-37. doi: 10.2307/2648056.


Using data for 555,038 pregnancies conceived in the Czech Republic in 1987-1990, we show that pronounced differences in fetal survival in the middle trimester of pregnancy by marital status, educational level, and labor force attachment become much smaller at full term; survival differences by age at conception and number of previous deliveries show relatively constant proportional hazards throughout gestation. Social inequalities in postpartum life chances have been documented previously, but we show that similar inequalities exist before birth.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Induced / statistics & numerical data*
  • Abortion, Spontaneous / epidemiology*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Czech Republic / epidemiology
  • Data Collection
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Female
  • Fetal Death / epidemiology*
  • Gestational Age
  • Humans
  • Illegitimacy
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Marital Status
  • Maternal Age
  • Parity
  • Pregnancy
  • Risk Factors
  • Socioeconomic Factors