Preventing low birth weight: is prenatal care the answer?

  title={Preventing low birth weight: is prenatal care the answer?},
  author={Michael C Lu and V{\'e}ronique Tach{\'e} and Greg R. Alexander and Milton Kotelchuck and Neal Halfon},
  journal={The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians},
  volume={13 6},
OBJECTIVES To review the evidence of effectiveness of prenatal care for preventing low birth weight (LBW). METHODS We reviewed original research, systematic reviews, meta-analyses and commentaries for evidence of effectiveness of the three core components of prenatal care--risk assessment, health promotion and medical and psychosocial interventions--for preventing the two constituents of LBW: preterm birth and intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). RESULTS Clinical risk assessment will… CONTINUE READING
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