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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of mothers and newborns involved in low birth weight study in health facilities at Wolaita Sodo town in South Ethiopia, March 2016

From: Low birth weight among term newborns in Wolaita Sodo town, South Ethiopia: a facility based cross-sectional study

Variables (n = 432) Frequency Percent
Age < 20 24 5.6
20–34 387 89.6
35+ 21 4.9
Marital status Married 408 94.4
Unmarried 24 5.6
Educational status No formal education 58 13.4
Primary School (1–8) 143 33.1
Secondary School (9–12) 119 27.5
College and above 112 25.9
Occupation Housewife 187 43.3
Government employee 89 20.6
Private employee 32 7.4
Merchant 92 21.3
Othersa 32 7.4
Residence Rural 141 32.6
Urban 291 67.4
Average monthly income ≤810 ($ ≤ 37.5) 33 7.6
810–1296 ($37.5–60) 112 25.9
1297–2591 ($61–120) 121 28
≥2592 ($ ≥ 120) 166 38.4
Sex of the newborn Male 222 51.4
  Female 210 48.6
  1. aStudents, daily labourers