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Patterns of Birthweights

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$10.00 Latin America and the Caribbean / $10.00 Elsewhere


Order code: SP 504

This book analyzes data from 22 studies of birthweight patterns throughout the world, assesses the impact of low and deficient birthweights on infant mortality, and makes pertinent recommendations. Data from 15 countries illustrate the problems and the importance of recording, tabulating, and using birthweights of live births in health and nutrition programs and in research. The application of these findings is of great importance to the goal of extending primary health care to all.

Chapter I introduces the connections between low birthweight and infant mortality and presents the sources of the studies. Chapter II compares the studies of the distinctly different patterns of birthweights from these 15 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Oceania, and discusses evidence from several case studies of the beneficial effects of health education, food supplements, prenatal care, and other health services on the prevalence of low birthweight and infant mortality. Chapter III examines the role of length of gestation in infant health, and Chapter IV analyzes the relationship between birthweight and gestation length. The ensuing chapters cover the effect of weight gain on pregnancy; development and use of birthweight reports for formulating maternal and child health programs; research and educational programs; and overall recommendations.

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