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Table 2 Bivariate analysis of potential socio-demographic predictors of low birth weight in deliveries in the Buea Regional Hospital, January – March 2013

From: Low birth weight in a sub-urban area of Cameroon: an analysis of the clinical cut-off, incidence, predictors and complications

Predictors   Total LBW LBW Odds ratio 95 % CI p value
N n (%)
Marital status (N = 200) Married 114 21 18.4 1.0   
  Single 86 17 19.8 1.1 0.5 - 2.2 0.47
Occupation (N = 200) Employed 99 22 22.2 1.0   
  Unemployed 101 16 15.8 0.7 0.3 – 1.5 0.17
Teenage mother (N = 200) Non-teens 170 32 18.8 1.0   
  Teenagers 30 6 20.0 1.1 0.4 – 2.9 0.52
Maternal age (N = 200) ≤ 36 years 189 33 17.5 1.0   
  > 36 years 11 5 45.5 3.9 1.1 – 13.7 0.04
Level of education (N = 199) High 61 8 13.1 1.0   
  Low 138 30 21.7 1.8 0.8 – 4.3 0.11
Average amount spent per day (N = 182) ≥ 1USD 170 32 18.8 1.0   
  < 1USD 12 2 16.7 0.8 0.2 – 4.1 0.60
Alcohol consumption (N = 200) No 148 27 18.2 1.0   
  Yes 52 11 21.2 1.2 0.5 – 2.6 0.39
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy (N = 200) No 160 30 18.8 1.0   
  Yes 40 8 20.0 1.1 0.5 – 2.6 0.51
  1. LBW Low Birth Weight, USD United States Dollars