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Neonatal mortality of low birthweight babies is increased in mothers with higher education

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7112.886a (Published 04 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:886
  1. Martin Bobak, Clinical lecturer in epidemiologya,
  2. Hynek Pikhart, PhD studenta,
  3. Ilona Koupilova, Research fellowb
  1. a Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, London WC1E 6BT
  2. a Department of Epidemiology and Population Sciences, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT

    Editor—Rolv Skjærven and colleagues reported an interesting and paradoxical finding: among small babies born to mothers whose own birth weight had been greater than 2000 g, perinatal mortality increased with maternal birth weight.1 As the birth weights of a mother and her baby are positively correlated, and birth weight is inversely related to perinatal mortality, this is against one's expectation.

    We report a similar paradoxical finding, which may be …

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