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BACKGROUND The collection of information on infertility treatments is important for the surveillance of potential health consequences and to monitor service provision. STUDY DESIGN We compared the coverage and outcomes of IVF children reported in aggregated IVF statistics, the Medical Birth Register (subsequently: MBR) and research data based on(More)
BACKGROUND To evaluate the neonatal outcome and the prevalence of congenital malformations in children born after IVF in northern Finland we carried out a population-based study with matched controls. METHODS Firstly, 304 IVF children born in 1990-1995 were compared with 569 controls, representing the general population in proportion of multiple births,(More)
BACKGROUND This study aimed at determining the psychiatric morbidity of women undergoing infertility treatments, before and after treatment as compared with control women. METHODS The number of women hospitalized because of psychiatric disorders was obtained from the Hospital Discharge Register (1969-2006) in a cohort of women who purchased drugs for in(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to investigate whether perinatal health outcomes changed during the 1990s with the increasing use of IVF. METHODS Data were from the Finnish Medical Birth Register for periods 1991-1993 and 1998-1999. Outcomes of IVF infants and other infants were compared, both overall and separately for singleton and multiple(More)
BACKGROUND The use of expensive infertility treatments is increasing rapidly. To compare the prenatal and neonatal health care costs after IVF and spontaneous conception, we conducted a study based on a cohort of IVF and control pregnancies and neonates. METHODS A cohort of 215 IVF mothers and 255 IVF neonates were compared with a cohort of 662 control(More)
STUDY QUESTION Is the perinatal health of first-born children affected by the mother's previous induced abortion(s) (IAs)? SUMMARY ANSWER Prior IAs, particularly repeat IAs, are correlated with an increased risk of some health problems at first birth; even in a country with good health care quality. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY A positive association between(More)
A case-control study was nested within two maternity cohorts with a total of 7 million years of follow-up for assessment of the role of bacterial infections in childhood leukemia. Offspring of 550,000 mothers in Finland and Iceland were combined to form a joint cohort that was followed for cancer up to age 15 years during 1975-1997 through national cancer(More)
BACKGROUND In China, the New Co-operative Medical System (NCMS), a rural health insurance system, has expanded nationwide since 2003. This study aims to describe prenatal care use, content and costs of care in one county where prenatal care is included in the NCMS and two counties where it is not. It also explores the perceptions of stakeholders of the(More)
BACKGROUND Infertility is common and in vitro fertilization (IVF) is a widely used treatment. In IVF the need increases and the effectiveness and appropriateness decrease by age. The purpose of this study was to describe allocation of resources for IVF by women's age, socioeconomic position, area of residence and treatment sector (public vs. private) and to(More)
OBJECTIVES To explore the use of local civil registration data to assess the perinatal mortality in a typical rural county in a less developed province in China, 1999-2000. DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. Pregnancies in a cohort of women followed from registration of pregnancy to outcome of infant seven days after birth. SETTING Routine family(More)