Latina Mothers Experienced Jump in Preterm Births After 2016 Election [publichealth.berkeley.edu]

 

By Public Affairs UC Berkeley, July 23, 2019

Latina mothers living in the United States experienced a significant jump in preterm births in the nine months following the Nov. 8, 2016, election, according to a study by researchers at UC Berkeley and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The analysis, based on U.S. government data on more than 33 million live births in the country, found an excess of 2,337 preterm births to U.S. Latina mothers, compared to projections about preterm birth rates.

“Elections have consequences on things beyond our pocketbooks and our debates about policy: They actually can affect our basic biology, and here is an example of that,” said study co-author Ralph Catalano, professor of public health at UC Berkeley.

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