Original Investigations

European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 134, Issue 2, pp 125-127

First online:

Hemoglobin and serum ferritin levels in mothers and infants at birth

  • D. BratlidAffiliated withThe Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital
  • , P. J. MoeAffiliated withInstitute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tromsö

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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.

Key words

Cord blood Ferritin Hemoglobin Maternal Newborn