Cincinnati Children's Blog

Very Early Preterm Births More Common In Black Mothers

A recent study by Emily DeFranco, DO, MS, Center for Prevention of Preterm Birth, found that black women are more likely to have early preterm births, between 16 and 22 weeks. The racial disparity in what are known as “previable” preterm births may explain much of the racial disparity in infant mortality,

“Having a better understanding of the causes of racial disparities in important health outcomes such as previable birth and infant mortality is crucial for the development of interventions to reduce risk and close the racial gap,” said Dr. DeFracno.

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