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Tara Hussain Tayib*, Soran Jamal Taher ** and Ahmad Al-Windi ***

*    Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Sulaimani University
**  Kurdistan Institution for Strategic Studies and Scientific Research, Sulaimani, Kurdistan, Iraq
*** Centre for Family and Community Medicine, Stockholm, Karolinska Institute, Huddinge, Sweden Kurdistan Institution for Strategic Studies and Scientific Research.

Submitted: 24/5/2011; Accepted: 18/10/2011Published 1/12/2011



To assess the percentiles (3, 5, 10, 25, 50, 75, 90, 95 and 97%) of weight, length and head circumference for a sample of new-born Kurdish population in Sulaimani and the relation to mothers' age, parity and gestational age.

Patients and Methods 

Birth weight, crown heal length and head circumference of infants born at gestational age 37–44 weeks in Sulaimani teaching hospital from March 2008 to March 2009 were measured prospectively using standard equipments.


The mean weight, length and head circumference of the male full term baby in the total sample was as followed respectively 3355 kg, 50 cm, 35 cm. The mean weight, length and head circumference of the female full term baby in the total sample were as followed respectively 3260 kg, 49.3cm, 34.5 cm. The median for weight, length and head circumference of the male full term baby were 3355 g (3300–3400), 50 (50–50.2) and 35 (33,5–35). While the median for weight, length and Head circumference of the female full term baby in the total sample were 3260 g (=3200–3306), 49.3 (49–49.5) and 34.5 (34.4–34.6).


The anthropometric measures of the new born babies in this study are near that found by the WHO Multicentre Growth Reference Study but higher than less developed countries.


Birth weight, Gestational age, Head circumference, Length, Parity, Percentiles.


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