Obstetrics: Smoking & Stillbirth

Mothers who smoke during pregnancy endanger the lives of their unborn children. This is the finding of Oxford University Pediatrician-Professor Neville R. Butler and Martin Feldstein, an American economist at Oxford, who compared the statistics on 617 stillbirths and neonatal (within four weeks of birth) deaths with those of 16,377 live births that occurred in Britain in the first week of March 1958. The results: pregnant women who are moderate smokers (one to nine cigarettes a day) are 20.8% more likely than the average of all pregnant women to bear dead babies or babies who die soon, and heavy...

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