Low birth weight, maternal birth-spacing decisions, and future reproduction

@article{Bereczkei2000LowBW,
  title={Low birth weight, maternal birth-spacing decisions, and future reproduction},
  author={Tam{\'a}s Bereczkei and Andras Hofer and Zimine Ivan},
  journal={Human Nature},
  year={2000},
  volume={11},
  pages={183-205}
}
The aim of this study is an analysis of the possible adaptive consequences of delivery of low birth weight infants. We attempt to reveal the cost and benefit components of bearing small children, estimate the chance of the infants’ survival, and calculate the mothers’ reproductive success. According to life-history theory, under certain circumstances mothers can enhance their lifetime fitness by lowering the rate of investment in an infant and/or enhancing the rate of subsequent births. We… CONTINUE READING