The effects of high parity and socioeconomic status on obstetric and neonatal outcome

D. S. Seidman, S. Dollberg, D. K. Stevenson, R. Gale

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Abstract

We studied the interaction of social status and high partiy in 15,102 consecutive births in one inner-city hospital, of which 1874 (12.4%) occurred in mothers who had given birth to seven or more infants (Grand multiparae). Group 1 consisted of 1258 grand multiparae from a socioeconomically stable and homogeneous ultra-orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem, and group 2, included all other grand multiparae of relatively greater age and lower socioeconomic status. A significantly higher rate of small for gestational age, low birth weight and preterm infants was found in group 2 compared with group 1. The results suggest that grand multiparity is not of itself a risk factor, but reflects the confounding effect of environmental conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-127
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Volume249
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1991
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Neonatal outcome
  • Parity
  • Socioeconomic status

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