Date of Graduation
Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
Human Nutrition and Foods
Subjects were fifty-six women and their infants who were between the ages of six months and twenty-four months. They were clients of Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC) clinics. The WIC clinics were in the West Virginia counties of Ritchie, Gilmer, Calhoun, Braxton, Mason, Jackson, Pleasants, and Greenbrier where the anemia rates were greater than 10%.;Information concerning WIC participation, prenatal vitamin use, history of breast feeding, infant birth weight, and pre-term delivery were obtained through questionnaires. Infants' serum ferritin level was obtained through venous blood and analyzed.;This ex post facto study found no significant result in mothers who took prenatal vitamins or not and the serum ferritin levels of their infants. No statistically significant relationships were found between prenatal vitamin use or non-use and participation or non-participation in WIC to the following: ever breast-fed, gestational age, birth weight, and incidences of low birth weight.
Wilkins, Jennie Pringle, "Relationship between maternal prenatal vitamin use and infant iron status" (2002). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 1510.