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Depression as Risk Factor for Premature Delivery

Posted Jun 18 2009 12:39pm
Researchers trying to uncover why premature birth is a growing problem in the United States have found that pre-pregnancy depressive mood appears to be a risk factor in preterm birth among both blacks and whites.

Black women, however, have nearly two times the odds of having a preterm birth compared to white women, according to Amelia Gavin, a University of Washington assistant professor of social work and lead author of a new study that appears online in the June issue of the Journal of Women’s Health.

“Preterm births are one of the most significant health disparities in the United States and the overall number of these births increased from 10.6 percent in 2000 to 12.8 percent in 2005,” she said.

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