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Why Black Women, Infants Lag In Birth Outcomes

Kaiser Health , Staff AHN All Headline News (2011) Why Black Women, Infants Lag In Birth Outcomes. Kaiser Health News.

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Abstract

The overwhelming majority of babies in the U.S. are born healthy, and their growth brings joy and comfort to their parents. But across the country, there is a whopping disparity in birth outcomes based on race. Black women fare worse than white women in almost every aspect of reproductive health. “Any state you look at, you see the same disparities, and race is the strongest predictor of disparities,” says Dr. Deborah Ehrenthal, of Christiana Care Health System in Delaware. “So we see higher rates of infant mortality, higher rates of preterm delivery.” Black women are about 60 percent more likely than white women to deliver babies early, and black infants are about 230 percent more likely than white infants to die before their first birthdays.


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: disparities, birth outcomes, race, infant mortality, weathering theory, stress
Subjects: Health > Disparities
Health > Prenatal & Pediatric Health
Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors > Stress
Practice > interventions
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Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2011 12:26
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2011 12:29
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2682

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