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Preterm delivery among first-time Mexico-born mothers: a binational population-based comparison of deliveries in California and Mexico.
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PMID:  25210076     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: While studies have attributed the favourable birth outcomes of Mexico-born mothers in the USA to a 'healthy immigrant effect' that confers protection to immigrants, a comparison of immigrants with the source population in Mexico has been lacking. We compared preterm delivery (PTD) rates of Mexico-born immigrants who delivered in California with Mexico-born women who delivered in Mexico (WIMX) and with a subgroup who delivered in the five top immigrant sending states in Mexico.
METHODS: Using 2009 birth records, we selected all live-born singletons of primiparous WIMX (699 129) and immigrants in California (33 251). We examined the unadjusted and adjusted association between place of delivery and any PTD (<37 weeks gestation), including PTD subcategories (early, moderate, late), using relative risks (RR) and 95% CIs. Multivariate models controlled for demographic and health system characteristics.
RESULTS: PTD rates were higher among immigrants in California (6.7%) than WIMX (5.8%) and compared to women in the sending states (5.5%). The unadjusted risk of any PTD (RR=1.17 (1.12 to 1.22)), early/moderate PTD (<34 weeks gestation; RR=1.27 (1.18 to 1.38)) and late PTD (34-36 weeks; RR=1.14 (1.08 to 1.19)) was higher for immigrants than for WIMX and remained higher when controlling for age, education and healthcare variables. Birth weight <1500 g was also higher among immigrants (RR=1.27 (1.14 to 1.44)). Similar patterns were observed when comparing women in the sending states.
CONCLUSIONS: We found no evidence of a 'healthy immigrant effect'. Further research must assess the comparability of gestational-age data in Mexican and Californian birth certificates.
Sylvia Guendelman; Dorothy Thornton; Ricardo Perez-Cuevas; Julia Walsh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-9-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of epidemiology and community health     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1470-2738     ISO Abbreviation:  J Epidemiol Community Health     Publication Date:  2014 Sep 
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Created Date:  2014-9-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7909766     Medline TA:  J Epidemiol Community Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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