Mothers and Low Birth Weight Infants: A Holistic Perspective

Radha Saini, Preety Narula, Bimla Rani, Tanay Maiti


Dear Editor, Low birth weight (LBW) contributes to 60–80% of all neonatal deaths. The global prevalence of LBW is 15.5%, which amounts to approximately 20 million LBW infants born each year, 96.5% of them in developing countries.[1] Mother’s level of knowledge on neonatal care and practice accordingly plays an important role in bringing down the mortality as well as the morbidity……

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