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Table 1 Sociodemographic characteristics of mothers and the newborns in Amhara Regional State Referral Hospitals, Ethiopia, 2017 (n = 429)

From: Determinants of low birth weight among neonates born in Amhara Regional State Referral Hospitals of Ethiopia: unmatched case control study

Variables LBW NBW Total
Count (n) Percent (%) Count (n) Percent (%) Count (n) Percent (%)
Infant sex
 Male 64 44.8 170 59.4 234 54.5
 Female 79 55.2 116 40.6 195 45.5
Maternal age
 ≤ 20 23 16.1 21 7.3 44 10.3
 21–25 54 37.8 88 30.8 142 33.1
 26–30 48 33.6 118 41.3 166 38.7
 31–35 9 6.25 41 14.3 50 11.6
 ≥ 36 9 6.25 18 6.3 27 6.3
Marital status
 Married 103 72.0 241 84.3 344 80.2
 Not married 4 2.8 11 3.8 15 3.5
 Divorced 36 25.2 30 10.5 66 15.4
 Widowed 0 0.0 4 1.4 4 0.9
Residence place
 Rural 72 50.3 103 36.0 175 40.8
 Urban 71 49.7 183 64.0 254 59.2
 Religion
Orthodox 109 76.2 206 72.0 315 73.4
 Muslim 31 21.7 57 19.9 88 20.5
 Protestant 3 2.1 23 8.0 26 6.1
Occupational status
 Housewife 53 37.1 95 33.2 148 34.5
 Merchant 22 15.4 56 19.6 78 18.2
 Government employee 35 24.5 84 29.4 119 27.7
 Farmer 26 18.2 38 13.3 64 14.9
 Others 7 4.9 13 4.5 20 4.7
Average family monthly income
 ≤ 1650 60 42.0 76 26.6 136 31.7
 1651–3200 44 30.8 91 31.8 135 31.5
 3201–5250 22 15.4 56 19.6 78 18.2
 5251–7800 11 7.7 44 15.4 55 12.8
 > 7800 6 4.2 19 6.6 25 5.8