American Dream? Not for Childbirth.

African refugee women settled in the US may receive less prenatal care, but they still have healthier pregnancies than US-born women.

According to a recent University of Buffalo study, acclimatization to US culture—marked by processed food, drug and alcohol use, and reliance on vehicles for transportation—may negatively influence refugees’ reproductive health outcomes.

The challenges that befall refugee women have led researchers to believe that African refugee women would suffer worse reproductive health outcomes—but this new research suggests that “the healthy immigrant effect”—where immigrants’ health outcomes surpass natives’—rings true for reproductive health.

University of Buffalo

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