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Duration of incarceration and perinatal outcome.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1923168     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The number of incarcerated women is increasing, thus pregnancy in prison is no longer uncommon. We reviewed the perinatal outcome of 53 women with short-term incarceration (fewer than 90 days) and of 53 women who experienced long-term incarceration (more than 120 days). Poor prenatal care, history of drug abuse, hepatitis, and poor nutrition were more common among the short-incarceration group. Of infants born to short-incarceration women, 32 (60%) were normal, four (7%) stillborn, eight (15%) premature, six (11%) small for gestational age, and four (7%) septic. Women in the long-incarceration group delivered 48 normal infants (91%), whereas two were offspring of diabetic mothers and three were premature. Birth weight for infants born to smokers in the short-incarceration group was significantly lower than that of infants born to smokers in the long-incarceration group. Women who suffer short incarcerations experience high perinatal mortality and morbidity. In contrast, those incarcerated longer appear to benefit from better prenatal care, improved nutrition, and a structured environment, and thus a more favorable perinatal outcome.
L Cordero; S Hines; K A Shibley; M B Landon
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  78     ISSN:  0029-7844     ISO Abbreviation:  Obstet Gynecol     Publication Date:  1991 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-10-29     Completed Date:  1991-10-29     Revised Date:  2009-10-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401101     Medline TA:  Obstet Gynecol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  641-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Ohio State University, Columbus.
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MeSH Terms
Pregnancy Complications / epidemiology*
Pregnancy Outcome
Regression Analysis
Risk Factors
Time Factors

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