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Research shows optimal spacing for healthy babies

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 06 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:624
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Conceiving a subsequent child 18 to 23 months after a live birth may provide the ideal conditions for having a healthy, full term baby, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (1999;340:589-94).

    The study, conducted by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that although having babies too close together may be …

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