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Low Birth Weight in Relation to Maternal Age and Multiple Pregnancies at Muhimbili National Hospital

Harold, A. (2007) Low Birth Weight in Relation to Maternal Age and Multiple Pregnancies at Muhimbili National Hospital. Dar es Salaam Medical Journal, 14 (2). ISSN 0856-7212

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Abstract

To determine the relationship between Low Birth Weight (LBW), maternal age and multiple pregnancies A retrospective cross-sectional study was done where by data were obtained from labor ward register books and computer database of the MNH labour ward and analyzed by using EPI-INFO version 6 computer program. Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) A total of 6931 infants were studied. Prevalence of LBW and multiple births were 26.4% and 2.9% respectively. There was no significant association between age of mother with LBW although a significant association between multiple pregnancy and LBW was noted. Multiple pregnancy contribute substantially to LBW. There is a need of ensuring proper antenatal care and also highlighting the need both for basic supportive care facilities and improved disease prevention strategies.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Maternal age, Pregnancies, Low birth weight, Muhimbili National Hospital
Subjects: Maternal & Neonatal Health > Neonatal Health
Divisions: Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS)
Depositing User: Mr Joseph Madata
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2015 07:01
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2015 07:01
URI: http://ihi.eprints.org/id/eprint/3099

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