Maternal Support in the Delivery Room and Birthweight among African-American Women

Antoine Alexandra Lespinasse*, Richard J. David, James W. Collins, Arden S. Handler, Stephen N. Wall

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Objectives: We performed a hospital-based case control study of African-American mothers to explore the relationship between maternal support by a significant other in the delivery room and very low birthweight (VLBW). Methods: We administered a structured questionnaire to mothers of VLBW (less than 1,500 g; N=104) and normal birthweight (greater of equal to 2,500 g; N=208) infants. Results: The odds ratio for VLBW comparing women without social support in the delivery room to those with a companion was 3.5 (2.1-5.8). Several traditional risk factors were not associated with VLBW, but older maternal age and perceived racial discrimination were. Conclusions: Maternal support in the delivery room or factors closely associated with it significantly decreases the odds of delivering a VLBW infant for African-American women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-195
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the National Medical Association
Issue number2 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Feb 1 2004


  • African-American women
  • Social support
  • Very low birthweight (VLBW)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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