Analysis of pregnancy outcomes among interracial couples in Korea

Sun Young Yang, Un Suk Jung, Hye Ri Hong, Soon Young Hwang, Min Jeong Oh, Hai Joong Kim, Geum Joon Cho

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Although the prevalence of interracial marriages in Korea is increasing, little is known regarding the pregnancy outcomes of interracial couples. The aim of this study was to investigate the differences in pregnancy outcomes between Korean and interracial Koreanforeign couples. Data for infants born in 2011 and 2012 were obtained from the national birth registry of the Korean Statistical Office. The couples were subdivided into Korean father-Korean mother, Korean father-foreign mother, and foreign father-Korean mother groups. Pregnancy outcomes included neonates with low birth weight (< 2,500 g) and those with high birth weight (> 4,000 g). In 2010 and 2011, 888,447 Korean father- Korean mother, 36,024 Korean father-foreign mother, and 4,955 foreign father-Korean mother neonates were delivered in Korea. After adjustment for parental age, educational level, parity, gestational age at delivery, and neonatal sex, the birth weights were found to be different between groups, with the highest number of foreign father-Korean mother and lowest number of Korean father-foreign mother pregnancies. Based on multivariate logistic regression analysis, the risk of low and large birth weights was higher in the Korean father-foreign mother and foreign father-Korean mother groups, respectively, compared with that in the Korean father-Korean mother group. There are significant differences in pregnancy outcomes including birth weights between Korean and interracial Koreanforeign couples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1657-1661
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Korean medical science
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Oct 1
Externally publishedYes

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  • Birth weight
  • Interracial marriage
  • Korea
  • Pregnancy outcome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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