Selected Demographic Factors Affecting Child Birth Weight
Author: Winecito L. Tan, Milanda O. Paita, and Carmelita N. Ericta
This paper studied the selected factors affecting the childbirth weight based on the data available for the civil registration of births by the National Statistics Office. One important variable that emerged to have some important bearing in the birth weight of the child was birth order. Third order children were least likely to be born below standard birth weight while the lowest incidence of children with low birth weight was recorded from mothers between ages 25 to 34. Legitimacy status and father’s occupation also appeared to have significant effects on the child birth weight. However, since there are many other unaccounted factors that more directly dictate the birth weight of the child, the variables considered in the study were able to explain only 2.11 percent of the variability in birth weight.