The British Journal of Psychiatry
Obstetric complications and schizophrenia. A case-control study.
F Günther-Genta, P Bovet, P Hohlfeld


Schizophrenics have been repeatedly found to experience more obstetric complications (OCs) at birth. The meaning of such a finding is debated, and the aim of this study is to contribute to the understanding of OCs' aetiological role in schizophrenia. We compared a group of schizophrenic patients with their siblings and controls, on the basis of obstetric files stemming from the same University Hospital Maternity Ward. Schizophrenic patients had more frequent umbilical cord complications and atypical presentations, as well as higher scores on a scale measuring OCs linked to possible neonatal asphyxia.