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Are antenatal depression and anxiety risk factors for low birth weight?
This project will examine the relationship between antenatal depression and antenatal anxiety and low birth weight for first time mothers. Low birth weight puts the infant at risk for adverse outcomes such as neonatal death, growth retardation and behavioural and developmental problems. While a number of modifiable risk factors for low birth weight have been identified (such as poor health behaviours), recent evidence suggests that poor mental health may play a role in poor obstetric outcomes. This project will examine the relationship between antenatal mental health and low birth weight, accounting for a range of other known risk factors.

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Prof Deborah Loxton
Dr Catherine Chojenta
Dr Melissa Harris
Mrs Peta Forder
Ms Jennifer Powers
Ms Sheree Harris
Dr Alexis Hure
Ms Amy Anderson
Prof Deborah Loxton
Dr Liz Holliday
Prof Michael Hendryx