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Morbidity and Mortality in the First Month of Life

  • G. J. Ebrahim
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Part of the Macmillan Tropical Community Health Manuals book series

Abstract

The first month of life is a period of stress both for the newborn and the mother. If the baby has been delivered at home, the lack of hygiene, overcrowding and the comings and goings of relatives and friends expose the baby to infections. In addition to this, several ceremonies have to be performed, like naming the baby or ‘bringing the baby out’, all of which necessitate handling by several people and thus increasing the chances of exposure to infections. In urban areas, where institutional deliveries are becoming popular, overcrowding in the maternity units and nurseries provides an added hazard.

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© G. J. Ebrahim 1979

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