Despite recent declines in infant mortality, the rates of low birthweight deliveries in the United States continue to be high. Part I of this volume defines the significance of the problems, presents current data on risk factors and etiology, and reviews recent state and national trends in the incidence of low birthweight among various groups. Part II describes the preventive approaches found most desirable and considers their costs. Research needs are discussed throughout the volume.
Table of Contents
|Summary and Recommendations||1-18|
|Part I: Definitions, Risk Factors, and Trends||19-20|
|1. The Significance of Low Birthweight||21-45|
|2. Etiology and Risk Factors||46-93|
|3. Trends in Low Birthweight||94-112|
|Part II: Reducing the Incidence of Low Birthweight||113-114|
|4. An Overview of Promising Interventions||115-118|
|5. Planning for Pregnancy||119-131|
|6. The Effectiveness of Prenatal Care||132-149|
|7. Ensuring Access to Prenatal Care||150-174|
|8. Improving the Content of Prenatal Care||175-201|
|9. Public Information Program||202-211|
|10. Prenatal Care and Low Birthweight: Effects on Health Care Expenditures||212-238|
|A. Risk Factors Associated with Low Birthweight||241-251|
|B. Data on Selected Low Birthweight Trends||252-265|
|C. A Summary of Three Prematurity Prevention Programs||266-274|
|D. Notes on National Data Available to Study Low Birthweight Trends and to Monitor Related Programs||275-278|
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