Consideration of short term consequences of heavier babies is importantBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7150.81a (Published 04 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:81
- Michael Geary, Clinical research fellow.
- Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University College London Medical School, London WC1E 6HX
EDITOR—I read with interest the paper by Bonellie and Raab about the increase in birth weight among babies born in Scotland between 1980 and 1992.1 Various factors were proposed as being responsible for this increase including a reduction in the proportion of induced births, lowered rates of cigarette smoking, and improvements in maternal diet and lifestyle.
During the same period we conducted a prospective study on the predictability of shoulder dystocia, an obstetric …