Is there an optimal birth weight?

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Takeaway

  • Birth weight 50th and <93rd percentile is associated with the lowest rates of perinatal mortality and the highest reading and numeracy scores.

Why this matters

  • Low birth weight percentiles may be associated with a compromised intrauterine environment resulting in hypoxia and impaired brain development.

Key results

  • Median birth weight percentile was lower for Aboriginal neonates compa...