Samms-Vaughan, M., Thame, M., Osmond, C., Hambleton, I.R., McCaw-Binns, A., Ashley, D.E. and Serjeant, G.R.
Growth curves for normal Jamaican neonates
West Indian Medical Journal, 55, (6), .
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The aim of this study was to provide standards for the assessment of birthweight head circumference and crown-heel length for normal, singleton newborns of predominantly West African descent. Data were collected for 10 482 or 94% of all recorded births in Jamaica during the two-month period September I to October 31, 1986 After editing procedures, data were available for 6178 (birthweight), 5975 (head circumference), and 5990 (crown-heel length). The data presented in tables and growth curves include birthweight, head circumference and crown-heel length for males and females separately, for gestational ages 30-43 weeks. Data sets from the University Hospital of the West Indies in 1990 and 1999 were used to explore the possibility of secular change over the period 1986-1999. In conclusion, these ethnic and gender-specific growth curves are based on the most extensive dataset currently available in Jamaica for babies of West African descent.
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