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THE NECESSARY EQUATION: Father + Mother = Health Baby

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THE NECESSARY EQUATION: Father + Mother = Health Baby

In addressing the infant mortality crisis, nationwide, infant deaths are 2.5 times higher for black babies than white. Maternal stress during pregnancy has been associated with increased rates of preterm delivery.

This is because stress may affect black women at a higher rate given the stress caused by chronic racism, poverty, and discrimination that many black women, despite their socio-economic background, face.

Taking into consideration the risk of poor birth outcomes is higher for infants born to black women whose babies’ fathers were absent during their pregnancies, it is important to systematically involve African American men in an effort establish equity in birth outcomes.

As efforts continue to reduce infant mortality in…

Please read original article THE NECESSARY EQUATION: Father + Mother = Health Baby posted on Healthy Black Girls on 20 November 2018 | 3:33 pm —

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