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Adobe PDF format Unequal at Birth - Inequalities in the Occurrence of Low Birth Weight Babies in Ireland | © 2019

The principal objective of this research is to:
1. assess the effect of socio-economic status on low birth weight using data from the National Perinatal Reporting System;
2. consider these findings in the light of the NAPS target;
3. explore the relationship between socio-economic status and low birth weight; and 4. review the evidence for what works in reducing inequalities in birth weight.
This report found that babies born to parents who are unemployed were at over twice the risk of being low birth weight in 1999, when compared to those born to parents recorded as higher professionals. Teenage and unmarried mothers also had a significantly increased risk of having a low birth weight baby in that year.

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