, Volume 134, Issue 2, pp 125-127

Hemoglobin and serum ferritin levels in mothers and infants at birth

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Hemoglobin levels and serum ferritin concentrations were measured in cord blood and maternal blood taken a few hours before birth. Maternal serum ferritin levels were 29.1±18.6 μg/l which is lower than values given for normal adult women. Serum ferritin levels in cord blood were 144.4±73.2 μg/l which is higher than levels in normal adult men. No correlation was found between newborn hemoglobin and serum ferritin levels, or between newborn birth weight and serum ferritin levels.