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The association of maternal occupational factors (working hours, shift work) with preterm birth in employed Australian women


In Australia, 8.6% of all births are premature, and this number has increased by 10% over the last decade. Previous international research has identified that the physical conditions of work can increase the risk of preterm birth. However, there has been only a single study conducted in Australia to date. Data from employed women who reported singleton births in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women s Health will be used to examine the association between working hours, shift work and preterm birth. Analyses will adjust for multiple preterm birth risk factors