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February 9, 2007
Black Women Have Higher Rates of Premature Birth
New research published in the latest issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics has found that black women are more likely to give birth to premature babies than white women.
The researchers found that black women were three times more likely than their white counterparts to give birth at 20 to 34 weeks of pregnancy, rather than full-term (from 37 to 41 weeks) ... The researchers controlled for socioeconomic factors, such as maternal age and economic status, Muglia said.