Association of birth Spacing with birth weight in Baghdad City
Keywords:Birth, Spacing, Birth Weight, Pregnant.
Background: Birth spacing might influence infantile under nutrition through its association with preterm
births and low birth weight. If a pregnancy occurs too soon after the previous birth, the mother may not have
recovered her nutritional status, which can contribute to preterm birth and low birth weight. Birth spacing
allows women to recover and be healthy for their next pregnancy.
Objectives: To determining the effect of birth spacing with birth weight, also to study the factors effecting
birth spacing interval in a sample of women in Baghdad city.
Materials and methods: The study design was descriptive study (cross sectional). Which included 100
women collected from Mohammad-Baker-Al-Hakim Hospital in Shua’la city in Baghdad, during the period
from 10th October 2017 till 10th March 2018 during data collection, the questionnaire from each woman was
Results: This study clarified that the highest percentage of women (46%) had a birth interval (>24) months
and (26%) them had a birth interval of (8-12) month. while, lower percentage of women (12%) had a
birth interval of (13-18) months. The highest percentage of birth babies of (3.2Kg) and more than (3.2Kg)
(51.19%) had a birth interval of (>24) months, while, highest percentage of less than (3.2Kg), (50%) had
birth intervals of (8-12) months.
Conclusions: The highest rate of women had a birth interval of (>24) months with birth interval of (8-12)
months, had a birth interval of (13-18) months. Birth interval was longer in mother of breast feeding. The
highest rate of birth space interval was among age group (26-30) years. The highest rate of birth weight
babies had birth intervals of (>24) months with birth intervals of (8-12) months.