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BU Finds No Greater Risk of Maternal Hospitalization Postpartum Associated with ART

Women who receive assisted reproductive technology (ART) in conceiving children have no higher risk of postpartum hospitalization when compared with sub-fertile women who did not receive ART or with fertile women, according to an article co-authored by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers.

In a research letter in the journal Epidemiology, Dr. Eugene Declercq, professor of community health sciences, and co-authors say their study using Massachusetts data from reproductive clinics and hospitals showed that mothers who used in vitro fertilization or other ART methods were at no higher risk of re-hospitalization than sub-fertile or fertile mothers in the six weeks to one year after giving birth. In the first six weeks postpartum, rates of hospitalization for ART mothers were slightly higher, but the difference was due largely to higher rates of twins and cesarean births.

“These findings suggest that mothers with deliveries after assisted reproductive technology are generally at no greater risk of postpartum hospitalization in singleton births than mothers with indicators of subfertility who did nor receive (ART) or mothers with neither (ART) nor an indicator of subfertility,” the research team wrote. “After twin births, re-hospitalizations for mothers conceiving with (ART) were comparable with or less likely than those to mothers in the fertile group.”

To read more about the study, go to: http://www.bu.edu/sph/2015/09/14/assisted-reproductive-technology-no-greater-risk-of-maternal-hospitalization-postpartum/