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Do Economic Conditions Affect Pregnancy Outcomes?

Economic downturn during early pregnancy was linked with modest increases in preterm birth in a Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology analysis. 

Thursday, January 24, 2019 12:01 am EST

Economic downturn during early pregnancy was linked with modest increases in preterm birth in a Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology analysis. 

For the analysis, researchers examined a dataset of all singleton births in Michigan from 1990-2012. Each one percentage point increase in state unemployment in the first trimester of pregnancy was associated with a modest 3% increase in the odds of preterm birth.

“Rates of preterm birth in the U.S. are higher than other developed nations, and we don’t really know why. Our research indicates a need for increased attention by clinicians and the public health community to the potential role of broader socioeconomic factors—in this case, the economy—to pregnancy health,” said lead author Dr. Claire E. Margerison, of Michigan State University.

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Link to Study: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ppe.12534   

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Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologyis an international, peer reviewed journal that crosses the boundaries between epidemiologists, paediatricians, developmental psychologists, environmental specialists, obstetricians, child health specialists and genetic epidemiologists. Its main focus is to ensure that the most important paediatric, reproductive, obstetric and perinatal studies reach those researchers and clinicians for whom the results are especially relevant. It publishes original research articles commentaries, book reviews, study designs, detailed methodologies and review articles.

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