Aboriginal and white births in Western Australia, 1980-1986. Part I: Birthweight and gestational age.
EV Kliewer, FJ Stanley
Med J Aust | Published : 1989
This article describes the distributions of birthweight and gestational age of all singleton Aboriginal and white live-born infants in Western Australia for the period 1980-1986. At early gestational ages, the mean birthweight was greater for Aboriginal infants. However, after 34-weeks' gestation for male infants and 32-weeks' gestation for female infants, the pattern was reversed. More Aboriginal infants were of low birthweight--male Aboriginal infants, 9.8%; male white infants, 4.0%; female Aboriginal infants, 12.4%; and female white infants, 4.6%, this excess only occurred in term (37- to 41-weeks' gestation) and post-term (42- to 52-weeks' gestation) infants. The birthweight distribution..View full abstract