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Birth weight among singletons born to foreign-born mothers in Taiwan: a population-based birth register study.

Shen YM, See LC, Lin SR - J Epidemiol (2009)

Bottom Line: We compared the birth weight of newborns born to foreign-born mothers (FBMs) and Taiwan-born mothers (TBMs), using data from the 2005-2006 Taiwan Birth Registry of singleton live births.The rates of LBW deliveries among FBMs in Taiwan were significantly lower than those in their respective countries of origin.In Taiwan, newborns of FBMs had a higher birth weight than those of TBMs, even after accounting for potential confounding factors, and had lower rates of LBW deliveries than did mothers in their respective countries of origin.

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Affiliation: Biostatistics Consulting Center, Department of Public Health, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan.

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Background: We compared the birth weight of newborns born to foreign-born mothers (FBMs) and Taiwan-born mothers (TBMs), using data from the 2005-2006 Taiwan Birth Registry of singleton live births.

Methods: The Wilcox-Russell method, data restriction, and multiple linear regression were used to analyze the data. The rates of low birth weight (<2500 g) with 95% confidence intervals were computed for TBMs, and for each of the nationalities of FBMs.

Results: The mean birth weight of newborns of FBMs was 3157 g, which was higher than that of newborns of TBMs (3109 g). On analysis using the Wilcox-Russell method, both the rate and residual proportion of low-birth-weight (LBW) births were lower among newborns of FBMs (4.1% and 1.1%, respectively) than among newborns of TBMs (5.9% and 1.7%, respectively). After adjusting for sex, mode of delivery, maternal age, smoking status, predisposing maternal risk factors, and condition during pregnancy, the newborns of FBMs weighed 72.9 g (95% CI, 68.8 g to 77.0 g) more than the newborns of TBMs. When data were restricted to mothers without any adverse conditions and adjusted for maternal age, the differences in birth weight between the 2 groups remained unchanged. The rates of LBW deliveries among FBMs in Taiwan were significantly lower than those in their respective countries of origin.

Conclusions: In Taiwan, newborns of FBMs had a higher birth weight than those of TBMs, even after accounting for potential confounding factors, and had lower rates of LBW deliveries than did mothers in their respective countries of origin.

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fig02: Mean birth weight and maternal age for singleton live births, by maternal nationality (Taiwan Birth Registry, 2005–2006)

Mentions: The effect of maternal age on birth weight was analyzed. The newborns of FBMs consistently weighed more than newborns of TBMs, among all maternal age subgroups. However, a greater difference between FBMs and TBMs in the birth weights for newborns were seen among teenaged mothers and mothers older than 40 years (see Figure 2A). When we restricted the analysis to mothers without any adverse conditions, a similar pattern of birth weight with respect to maternal age and maternal nationality was observed. (See Figure 2B)


Birth weight among singletons born to foreign-born mothers in Taiwan: a population-based birth register study.

Shen YM, See LC, Lin SR - J Epidemiol (2009)

Mean birth weight and maternal age for singleton live births, by maternal nationality (Taiwan Birth Registry, 2005–2006)
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC3924140&req=5

fig02: Mean birth weight and maternal age for singleton live births, by maternal nationality (Taiwan Birth Registry, 2005–2006)
Mentions: The effect of maternal age on birth weight was analyzed. The newborns of FBMs consistently weighed more than newborns of TBMs, among all maternal age subgroups. However, a greater difference between FBMs and TBMs in the birth weights for newborns were seen among teenaged mothers and mothers older than 40 years (see Figure 2A). When we restricted the analysis to mothers without any adverse conditions, a similar pattern of birth weight with respect to maternal age and maternal nationality was observed. (See Figure 2B)

Bottom Line: We compared the birth weight of newborns born to foreign-born mothers (FBMs) and Taiwan-born mothers (TBMs), using data from the 2005-2006 Taiwan Birth Registry of singleton live births.The rates of LBW deliveries among FBMs in Taiwan were significantly lower than those in their respective countries of origin.In Taiwan, newborns of FBMs had a higher birth weight than those of TBMs, even after accounting for potential confounding factors, and had lower rates of LBW deliveries than did mothers in their respective countries of origin.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Biostatistics Consulting Center, Department of Public Health, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan.

ABSTRACT

Background: We compared the birth weight of newborns born to foreign-born mothers (FBMs) and Taiwan-born mothers (TBMs), using data from the 2005-2006 Taiwan Birth Registry of singleton live births.

Methods: The Wilcox-Russell method, data restriction, and multiple linear regression were used to analyze the data. The rates of low birth weight (<2500 g) with 95% confidence intervals were computed for TBMs, and for each of the nationalities of FBMs.

Results: The mean birth weight of newborns of FBMs was 3157 g, which was higher than that of newborns of TBMs (3109 g). On analysis using the Wilcox-Russell method, both the rate and residual proportion of low-birth-weight (LBW) births were lower among newborns of FBMs (4.1% and 1.1%, respectively) than among newborns of TBMs (5.9% and 1.7%, respectively). After adjusting for sex, mode of delivery, maternal age, smoking status, predisposing maternal risk factors, and condition during pregnancy, the newborns of FBMs weighed 72.9 g (95% CI, 68.8 g to 77.0 g) more than the newborns of TBMs. When data were restricted to mothers without any adverse conditions and adjusted for maternal age, the differences in birth weight between the 2 groups remained unchanged. The rates of LBW deliveries among FBMs in Taiwan were significantly lower than those in their respective countries of origin.

Conclusions: In Taiwan, newborns of FBMs had a higher birth weight than those of TBMs, even after accounting for potential confounding factors, and had lower rates of LBW deliveries than did mothers in their respective countries of origin.

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