IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/
MyIDEAS: Login to save this article or follow this journal

Birthweight Productivity of Prenatal Care

  • Geoffrey Warner
Registered author(s):

    The ability of prenatal care to produce birthweight, through faster fetal growth, is examined within the Rosenzweig and Schultz framework. Prenatal care, measured by the time delay in initiating care and the number of care visits, adjusted for gestation, was specified in various functional forms, permitting an examination of its marginal returns. Maternal anthropometric characteristics, such as height and prepregnancy weight, were included as measures of limits on fetal growth. Race-specific regressions were performed. Prenatal care visits, but not delays, were found to significantly increase the rate of fetal growth for black mothers. Prenatal care did not significantly increase the rate of fetal growth for white mothers. Multicollinearity in the complex specifications and weak identification of the birthweight equation prevent strong conclusions as to whether the marginal returns to prenatal care are constant, decreasing, or increasing. Maternal anthropometrics were found to greatly increase the rate of fetal growth for all mothers, though more so for white than black mothers. Prenatal care appears to be but a modest tool in reducing the incidence of low birthweight due to retarded fetal growth.

    To our knowledge, this item is not available for download. To find whether it is available, there are three options:
    1. Check below under "Related research" whether another version of this item is available online.
    2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
    3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.

    Article provided by Southern Economic Association in its journal Southern Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 65 (1998)
    Issue (Month): 1 (July)
    Pages: 42-63

    as
    in new window

    Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:65:1:y:1998:p:42-63
    Contact details of provider: Web page: http://www.southerneconomic.org/
    More information through EDIRC

    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:65:1:y:1998:p:42-63. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Laura Razzolini)

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.