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Sociodemographic characteristics influencing birth outcome in Sweden, 1908-1930. Birth variables in the Population Study of Women in Gothenburg.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10827909     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To identify variables available in early Swedish delivery records and their relation to birth outcomes for home and hospital deliveries in Gothenburg at the early part of this century. DESIGN: A retrospective recovery of original delivery records and social variables in a cross sectional population. SETTING: Gothenburg, Sweden. PARTICIPANTS: 851 fullterm singleton female births with known gestational age born into five birth cohorts on selected dates (1908, 1914, 1918, 1922 and 1930). MAIN RESULTS: Delivery site, maternal parity, gestational age, and social group were significant factors influencing birth outcome as birth weight and length. The mean birth weight and length of hospital born infants was consistently lower than for home deliveries across all cohorts. Site of delivery changed significantly during the period of births under study, 1908-1930. CONCLUSIONS: In this study, which was based on original delivery records from the early part of this century, it was found that delivery site was an important factor influencing birth outcome across five birth cohorts. Utilisation of delivery services changed during the period of study. Thus, to avoid selection bias, the application of delivery records should reflect the birthing practice of the time period in question.
S W Andersson; A Niklasson; L Lapidus; L Hallberg; C Bengtsson; L Hulthén
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of epidemiology and community health     Volume:  54     ISSN:  0143-005X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Epidemiol Community Health     Publication Date:  2000 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-06-29     Completed Date:  2000-06-29     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7909766     Medline TA:  J Epidemiol Community Health     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  269-78     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Clinical Nutrition, Göteborg University, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight*
Cohort Studies
Delivery, Obstetric*
Home Childbirth
Infant, Newborn
Logistic Models
Maternal Age
Medical Records / standards
Pregnancy Outcome*
Reproductive History
Retrospective Studies
Single Parent / statistics & numerical data
Socioeconomic Factors
Sweden / epidemiology

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