The Rise of Fear-Induced Births

The physiological effects of President Trump’s immigration stance may be playing out in the delivery room: Harvard Chan School of Public Health researchers documented a rise in preterm births among immigrant groups, particularly Latinas, since the election.

The study tracked preterm births in NYC pre- and post-election; among Latina women born in Mexico and Central America, preterm birth rates jumped from 7.3%-8.4%. There was no major shift among American-born mothers.

The observational study doesn’t prove cause and effect, “But when you see something that starts to rise among immigrants, that’s a noteworthy finding”—and warrants further study, says lead author Nancy Krieger.


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