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Poverty, maternal health, and adverse pregnancy outcomes.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17954684     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Pregnancy outcomes in the United States are generally worse than those in most developed countries. Contributing to these adverse outcomes are the relatively high levels of poverty in the United States, a characteristic that is associated with decreased utilization of appropriate prenatal care and delivery services as well as having an increased number of other risk factors. Poor women tend to be more obese, to have more medical conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes, to be more likely to be stressed or depressed, and to smoke cigarettes and use illicit drugs. We present some of the potential mechanisms that explain the association between these characteristics and adverse pregnancy outcomes--focusing on preterm birth.
N Tanya Nagahawatte; Robert L Goldenberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2007-10-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences     Volume:  1136     ISSN:  0077-8923     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci.     Publication Date:  2008  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-26     Completed Date:  2008-08-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7506858     Medline TA:  Ann N Y Acad Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  80-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Drexel University College of Medicine, 245 N. 15th St., 17th Floor, Rm. 17113, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Communicable Diseases
Health Behavior*
Healthcare Disparities
Maternal Welfare / economics*
Poverty* / psychology
Pregnancy Outcome*
Premature Birth

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