Tomita A, Labys CA, Burns JK. Depressive Symptoms Prior to Pregnancy and Infant Low Birth Weight in South Africa. Maternal and child health journal. 2015 Oct;19(19). 2179-86. PMID: 25673370 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC4534352 NIHMSID: NIHMS666216.
Despite improvements in service delivery and patient management, low birth weight among infants has been a persistent challenge in South Africa. The study aimed to explore the relationship between depression before pregnancy and the low birth weight (LBW) of infants in post-apartheid South Africa. This study utilized data from Waves 1 and 2 of the South African National Income Dynamics Study, the main outcome being a dichotomous measure of child LBW (