preterm birth

This chapter discusses low birth weight, preterm birth risk factors, and the consequences of low birth weight. Low birth weight is a major cause of perinatal and child mortality and can cause disabilities among survivors. Most low-birth-weight babies are born preterm, before 37 weeks of gestation. It is important to identify mothers at risk and provide interventions to improve the survival chances and health outcomes of preterm infants. These interventions aim to overcome immediate and future health challenges, such as lung immaturity, susceptibility to infection, and neurological complications.

Author(s) Details:

Kimera Lukanga Charles,
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, School of Medicine, University of Namibia, Namibia.

Linda N. Lukolo,
Department of Community and Family, Medicine School of Medicine, University of Namibia, Namibia.

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