Pregnancy outcomes of Indochinese refugees, Santa Clara County, California

Am J Public Health. 1982 Jul;72(7):742-4. doi: 10.2105/ajph.72.7.742.


Birth certificates and a sample of hospital obstetric records for Indochinese refugees in Santa Clara County, CA, 1979-1980, were reviewed. Among 542 live births, the overall median birthweight of 3175 gm and 5.7 per cent rate of low birthweight were favorable; it is our impression that the more recent arrivals, especially Cambodians and Laotians, present at greater risk, lacking prenatal care, and have more infants of low birth rate and more pregnancy complications.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Asia, Southeastern / ethnology
  • California
  • Congenital Abnormalities / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Low Birth Weight
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Newborn, Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / epidemiology*
  • Refugees*