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Title: The variability of birth weight
Authors: Cremona, V.
Camilleri, Arthur P.
Keywords: Birth weight -- Malta -- Statistics
Newborn infants -- Malta
Malta -- Statistics, Medical
Issue Date: 1969
Publisher: The St. Luke`s Hospital Gazette
Citation: Cremona, V., & Camilleri, A.P. (1969). The variability of birth weight. The St. Luke`s Hospital Gazette, 4(2), 125-131.
Abstract: The material for this study was obtained from the maternity records relating to single births occurring in Malta throughout 1965. In this year there were 5,719 total births; of these the sample studied covers 2,517 births (44.11 percent). The records were personally examined by one of the authors (Cremona, 1967) from St. Luke's Hospital Malta, from Maltese private Hospitals, and from the District Nursing Association. In Malta the mean birth weight for male babies is 3446g, and for female babies 3358g. The mean birth weight tends to increase with the mother's parity, and this trend continues even with the higher parities. The association between birth weight and rising maternal age remains uncertain. It is also probable that birth weight has a geographical determinant. Birth weight is a multifactorial product and cannot be very reliable as a clinical parameter. A new terminology is necessary to distinguish between three different groups of babies with low birth weights.
Appears in Collections:TSLHG, Volume 4, Issue 2
TSLHG, Volume 4, Issue 2

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