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US Trend Toward Older Maternal Age Increases Racial Inequality in Negative Birth Outcomes According to a New Study

June 20, 2023


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A new paper from Arline Geronimus, Sc.D., a professor at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, finds that Black and white babies are being born too small and unhealthy at higher rates than they were 30 years ago and the racial inequity of these poor birth outcomes has increased over the same span. The findings also suggest that increased maternal age is a significant contributing factor.

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