Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 249, Issue 3, pp 119–127

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

  • D. S. Seidman
  • S. Dollberg
  • D. K. Stevenson
  • R. Gale
Originals

DOI: 10.1007/BF02391578

Cite this article as:
Seidman, D.S., Dollberg, S., Stevenson, D.K. et al. Arch Gynecol Obstet (1991) 249: 119. doi:10.1007/BF02391578

Summary

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.

Key words

Parity Neonatal outcome Socioeconomic status 

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© Springer-Verlag 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. S. Seidman
    • 1
  • S. Dollberg
    • 1
  • D. K. Stevenson
    • 2
  • R. Gale
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeonatologyBikur Cholim HospitalJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsStanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA

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