Background : Low birth weight is a major public health problem in many of the developing countries. Though the causes are multiple, maternal factors of low birth weight are significant. A large number of infant deaths can be prevented if these factors are identified early and prompt management of low birth weight babies could save life.
Aim :To identify the maternal factors associated with low birth weight in new born among postnatal mothers
Methods : An exploratory research design was adopted to assess the maternal factors associated with low birth weight in new born. Non probability convenience sampling technique was used to recruit 79 mothers of babies whose birth weight is less than 2500gms at 37 weeks gestation admitted to a tertiary care hospital. A checklist was used to identify maternal factors contributing to low birth weight and data analysis is done by descriptive statistics.
Result: The maternal factors associated with low birth weight in this study are mothers weight < 45Kg (64.6%), height
Conclusion : The study concluded that there are significant maternal factors associated with low birth weight in new born. Many of these factors are preventable. The health professionals should create awareness so that these factors could be prevented
Varghese, Shilpa and Aranha, Priya Reshma
"Assessment of maternal factors associated with low birth weight at a tertiary care hospital of South India - an exploratory study.,"
Manipal Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences: Vol. 8:
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