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Table 3 Bivariate analysis of potential obstetric and clinical 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 (%)
Gravidity (N = 200) < 5 171 29 17.0 1.0   
  ≥ 5 29 9 31.0 2.2 0.9 – 5.3 0.07
Gestational age (N = 200) Term 163 19 11.7 1.0   
  Preterm 37 19 51.4 8.0 3.6 – 17.9 <0.01
Previous LBW (N = 200) No 193 35 18.1 1.0   
  Yes 7 3 42.9 3.4 0.7 – 15.8 0.12
Number of ANC visits (N = 189) ≥ 4 115 15 13.0 1.0   
  < 4 76 19 25.0 2.2 1.0 – 4.7 0.03
Malaria in pregnancy (N = 200) No 144 24 16.7 1.0   
  Yes 56 14 25.0 1.7 0.8 – 3.5 0.13
Anaemia in pregnancy (N = 163) No 90 15 16.7 1.0   
  Yes 73 16 21.9 1.4 0.6 – 3.1 0.26
Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy (N = 200) No 187 30 16.0 1.0   
  Yes 13 8 61.5 8.4 2.6 – 27.3 <0.01
HIV infection (N = 200) No 183 31 16.9 1.0   
  Yes 17 7 41.2 3.4 1.2 – 9.7 0.02
  1. ANC Antenatal Care, LBW Low Birth Weight