School of Nursing
Master of Science
The findings indicated no significant differences among the age groups in relation to infant birth weight nor in relation to the risk factors of smoking, maternal weight gain, trimester of first entry into prenatal care, or marital status They did indicate a significant difference [F(2,85) = 4.1364, p < .05] between the oldest and the youngest group (CD = 3.37, a = .05) in relation to gestational length. These findings are significant for healthcare providers in rural areas, since much of the previous research had been done in highly urbanized or inner city settings.
Bratcher, Charlotte, "Maternal Age: Influence on Length of Gestation and Birth Weight" (1997). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 769.