Factors related to low birth weight babies in Baghdad city, Iraq

Mohammed A. AbdalQader, Shamsul Azhar Shah, Zaleha Md Isa, Hasanain Faisal Ghazi, Idayu Badilla Idris, Tiba Nezar Hasan

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Abstract

Great importance has been attributed to birth weight all over the world because it is considered as one of the best predictors of prenatal survival and a good indicator of quality life. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of low birth weight babies (LBW) and factors related to it in Baghdad city. A cross sectional study was carried out in four general hospitals in Baghdad city, Iraq. A total of 225 newborn babies, alive, singleton and without congenital malformation were selected randomly from these four general hospitals. The result of the study showed the prevalence rate of low birth weights was 21.3%. Mothers' educational level, monthly family income, mothers with chronic hypertension, mothers with history of previous low birth weight infants and anemic mothers were significantly associated with low birth weight babies (P= 0.03, 0.01, 0.02,<0.01, 0.02) respectively. It is clearly evidenced the lack of equity in populations and disparity in socioeconomic status are common related factors for the low birth weight babies as can be seen as a public and global health problem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-49
Number of pages5
JournalMalaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine
Volume14
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Iraq
Low Birth Weight Infant
Mothers
General Hospitals
Cross-Sectional Studies
Birth Weight
Social Class
Public Health
Quality of Life
Newborn Infant
Hypertension
Population

Keywords

  • Anemia
  • Baghdad city
  • Low birth weight babies (LBW)
  • Medical history

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Factors related to low birth weight babies in Baghdad city, Iraq. / AbdalQader, Mohammed A.; Shah, Shamsul Azhar; Md Isa, Zaleha; Ghazi, Hasanain Faisal; Idris, Idayu Badilla; Hasan, Tiba Nezar.

In: Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2014, p. 45-49.

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AbdalQader, Mohammed A. ; Shah, Shamsul Azhar ; Md Isa, Zaleha ; Ghazi, Hasanain Faisal ; Idris, Idayu Badilla ; Hasan, Tiba Nezar. / Factors related to low birth weight babies in Baghdad city, Iraq. In: Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine. 2014 ; Vol. 14, No. 2. pp. 45-49.
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