Maternal social support predicts birth weight and fetal growth in human pregnancy.

@article{Feldman2000MaternalSS,
  title={Maternal social support predicts birth weight and fetal growth in human pregnancy.},
  author={Pamela J. Feldman and C Dunkel-schetter and Curt A. Sandman and Pathik D. Wadhwa},
  journal={Psychosomatic medicine},
  year={2000},
  volume={62 5},
  pages={715-25}
}
OBJECTIVE Low birth weight is a primary cause of infant mortality and morbidity. Results of previous studies suggest that social support may be related to higher birth weight through fetal growth processes, although the findings have been inconsistent. The purpose of this investigation was to test a model of the association between a latent prenatal social support factor and fetal growth while taking into account relations between sociodemographic and obstetric risk factors and birth weight… CONTINUE READING