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Maternal and neonatal characteristics of an immigrant population in an Italian hospital.
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PMID:  20540656     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate clinical and epidemiological characteristics of the maternal and neonatal immigrant population and to compare it with the Italian population in the Agostino Gemelli Hospital (Rome). METHODS: This study was a prospective population-based study. We compared 595 newborns from immigrant mothers with 2413 newborns from Italian mothers. Neonatal characteristics included in this study were sex, gestational age, birth weight, Apgar score, transfer to pathology units, minor pathologies, and type of breastfeeding at discharge. Maternal characteristics included nationality, age, parity, type of delivery, twin birth, and pathology during the pregnancy. RESULTS: Immigrant newborns comprised 20% of the total births included in the study. No statistically significant differences were found between immigrant and Italian newborns in gestational age, birth weight, or Apgar score. Immigrant newborns were transferred to the Paediatric Infectious Disease Unit more frequently than Italian newborns, had a significantly higher incidence of hyperbilirubinemia and a higher rate of exclusive and prevalent breastfeeding at discharge. Immigrant mothers came predominantly from Eastern Europe, were younger and had caesarean sections less frequently than Italian mothers. CONCLUSION: No significant differences in biological and clinical characteristics or in medical practice were found between groups, except for a higher frequency of neonatal hyperbilirubinemia and an inclination among immigrant mothers toward breastfeeding.
Antonio Alberto Zuppa; Claudia Orchi; Valentina Calabrese; Gemma Verrillo; Sabrina Perrone; Patrizia Pasqualini; Francesco Cota; Orazio Ranno; Piero Valentini; Carmen Giannantonio; Valentina Cardiello; Costantino Romagnoli
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1476-4954     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Matern. Fetal. Neonatal. Med.     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-14     Completed Date:  2010-09-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101136916     Medline TA:  J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  627-32     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Largo A. Gemelli 8, Rome, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Apgar Score
Cesarean Section / statistics & numerical data
Emigrants and Immigrants* / statistics & numerical data
Hospitals, Maternity / statistics & numerical data
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Newborn, Diseases / epidemiology
Mothers* / statistics & numerical data
Multiple Birth Offspring / statistics & numerical data
Parity / physiology
Pregnancy Complications / epidemiology
Pregnancy Outcome*
Pregnancy, Multiple / statistics & numerical data
Young Adult

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