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Prenatal development in rural South Africa: relationship between birth weight and access to fathers and grandparents.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20954098     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Birth weight is an indicator of prenatal development associated with health in infancy and childhood, and may be affected by the family environment experienced by the mother during pregnancy. Using data from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, we explore the importance of the mother's access to the father and grandparents of the child during pregnancy. Controlling for household socio-economic indicators and maternal characteristics, the survival and residence of the biological father with the mother are positively associated with birth weight. The type of relationship seems to matter: married women have the heaviest newborns, but co-residence with a non-marital partner is also associated with higher birth weight. Access to the maternal grandmother may also be important: women whose mothers are alive have heavier newborns, but no additional benefit is observed from residing together. Co-residence with any grandparent is not associated with birth weight after controlling for the mother's partnership.
Solveig Argeseanu Cunningham; Irma T Elo; Kobus Herbst; Victoria Hosegood
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Population studies     Volume:  64     ISSN:  1477-4747     ISO Abbreviation:  Popul Stud (Camb)     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-18     Completed Date:  2011-02-03     Revised Date:  2014-09-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376427     Medline TA:  Popul Stud (Camb)     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  229-46     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight*
Child Development
Child Welfare
Child, Preschool
Cooperative Behavior
Health Services Accessibility
Health Services Needs and Demand
Health Status Disparities
Infant Welfare
Infant, Newborn
Intergenerational Relations*
Multivariate Analysis
Prenatal Care*
Regression Analysis
Risk Factors
Rural Population*
Social Support
Socioeconomic Factors
South Africa
Young Adult
Grant Support
GRO82384/Z/07/Z//Wellcome Trust; T 32 HD 007242/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; T32 HD007242/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; T32 HD007242-30/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; WT082599MA//Wellcome Trust

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