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Australian national birthweight percentiles by sex and gestational age, 1998-2007.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22938128     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To present updated national birthweight percentiles by gestational age for male and female singleton infants born in Australia.
DESIGN AND SETTING: Cross-sectional population-based study of 2.53 million singleton live births in Australia between 1998 and 2007.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Birthweight percentiles by gestational age and sex.
RESULTS: Between 1998 and 2007, women in Australia gave birth to 2 539 237 live singleton infants. Of these, 2 537 627 had a gestational age between 20 and 44 weeks, and sex and birthweight data were available. Birthweight percentiles are presented by sex and gestational age for a total of 2 528 641 births, after excluding 8986 infants with outlying birthweights. Since the publication of the previous Australian birthweight percentiles in 1999, median birthweight for term babies has increased between 0 and 25 g for boys and between 5 g and 45 g for girls.
CONCLUSIONS: There has been only a small increase in birthweight percentiles for babies of both sexes and most gestational ages since 1991-1994. These national percentiles provide a current Australian reference for clinicians and researchers assessing weight at birth.
Timothy A Dobbins; Elizabeth A Sullivan; Christine L Roberts; Judy M Simpson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Medical journal of Australia     Volume:  197     ISSN:  1326-5377     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. J. Aust.     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-03     Completed Date:  2012-11-13     Revised Date:  2013-04-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400714     Medline TA:  Med J Aust     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  291-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Australia / epidemiology
Birth Weight*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Gestational Age
Infant, Low Birth Weight
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Very Low Birth Weight
Sex Factors
Erratum In:
Med J Aust. 2013 Mar 4;198(4):189

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