Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes of Antenatal Anaemia in a Scottish Population: a retrospective cohort study.
Anaemia is a common problem in pregnancy. However the evidence base for clinical outcomes such as maternal haemorrhage, postpartum infection, still birth and child development in high income settings is limited and inconsistent. The Aberdeen Maternity and Neonatal Databank (AMND) has collected information on deliveries in the Grampian region of Scotland for more than 60 years and is therefore an ideal resource to further study some of these clinical outcomes. The aims of this study were to estimate the incidence of anaemia in the region, establish the trend between 1995 and 2002 and describe the clinical outcomes associated with antenatal anaemia in this group of women. Maternal outcomes investigated included gestational hypertension, pre-eclampsia, postpartum infection, haemorrhage and death. Neonatal outcomes investigated were stillbirth, neonatal unit admission, preterm delivery, low birthweight and early neonatal death.