Journal article

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..

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