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Increase of stillbirth and decrease of late preterm infants during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown
  1. Mario De Curtis1,
  2. Leonardo Villani2,
  3. Arianna Polo3
  1. 1 Maternal and Child Health Department, University of Rome La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
  2. 2 Istituto di Sanità Pubblica—Sezione di Igiene, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia, Rome, Italy
  3. 3 Direzione Salute e Integrazione Sociosanitaria Regione Lazio, Regione Lazio, Rome, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Professor Mario De Curtis, Maternal and Child Health Department, University of Rome La Sapienza, Roma 161, Italy; mario.decurtis{at}

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Italy was the first country in Europe violently affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The total lockdown of 3 months was necessary and effective to stem the infection. However, it has determined a series of effects that changed the life of millions of people. The objective of this retrospective study is to analyse some perinatal data during the lockdown and to compare them with the same months of 2019. The data refer to the Lazio region where Rome is located with 5.8 million people and where about 10% of Italian births take place every year.

We obtained data from the Lazio hospital discharge database, which records perinatal information on all newborns. We have considered only singletons to limit the influence of other determinants of premature birth. The total numbers of all very preterm, late preterm, at term, late term, stillbirths, …

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