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Revista de Saúde Pública

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Abstract

LIPPI, Umberto Gazi; ANDRADE, Antonio Suzart de; BERTAGNON, José Ricardo D.  and  MELO, Evaldo. A study of some obstetric factors associated with low birth-weight . Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1989, vol.23, n.5, pp. 382-387. ISSN 0034-8910.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101989000500004.

An analysis was made of 18,804 of 19,446 consecutive births of the number analysed 15.93% presented low birth-rate. Significant statistical association was found in relation to maternal age, pre-natal care, previous pregnancies, smoking and gestational age at birth. Measures with a view to the attenuation of the problem are proposed, among them being: educational programs for teenagers on human reproduction, programs designed to create awareness of the harm done by smoking, amplification of antenatal assistance, medical programs for the limitation of premature labor, all of these and others, in association with programs of socio-economic support.

Keywords : Infant, low birth weight; Prevalence; Risk factors.

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