Abstract

Relying on half a million pregnancy histories collected from Chinese women in the late 1980s, we studied nearly a quarter century of self-reported miscarriages and stillbirths in China. Our results suggest that these two forms of involuntary fetal loss are affected not only by biological and demographic factors, such as the mother's age, pregnancy order, and pregnancy history, but also by the mother's social characteristics and the larger social environment. In this article, we focus on how two social and economic crises—the Great Leap Forward famine and the Cultural Revolution—resulted in elevated risks of miscarriage and stillbirth in the Chinese population.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1533-7790
Print ISSN
0070-3370
Pages
pp. 301-322
Launched on MUSE
2005-05-17
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2010
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