November 26, 2018

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) doctoral student Dane de Silva recently published an article entitled “Examining interpregnancy intervals (IPI) and maternal and perinatal health outcomes using U.S. vital records: Important considerations for analysis and interpretation” in the Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology journal. De Silva and his co-authors Dr. Marie Thoma and Dr. Marian MacDorman utilized recent changes to the national birth certificate data to examine the implications for assessing IPI and perinatal health outcomes. Birth certificate information and related measurement issues were used to calculate IPI in this study. This research was able to conclude that since the 2003 revision of the national birth certificate, substantive changes to data collection, dissemination, and quality have occurred. The implication of this finding impacts IPI measurement, trends and associations with perinatal health outcomes.

If you are interested in reading more about the exciting new developments in the maternal and child health field, you can find a link to the article here. The Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology journal is a peer-reviewed medical journal covering epidemiologic research related to paediatrics and perinatology.

Dane De Silva is a second-year Maternal and Child Health doctoral student hailing from Vancouver, Canada. It was there that he completed his Master of Public Health in Maternal-Child Health and Epidemiology at the University of British Columbia. Prior to UMD, he was a data analyst and national coordinator of a perinatal database in Canada geared toward quality improvement of managing pregnancies at high risk of very preterm birth and was involved in an implementation project to implement guidelines into practice. Dane's research interests are primarily in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology, and include patient education, birth planning, pregnancy complications, poor birth outcomes, and health disparities.

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