Hispanic women have higher infant mortality, birth defects

June 21, 2014 4:05 PM

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Hispanic women have higher infant mortality, birth defects

The March of Dimes is raising concerns about the health of Hispanic mothers and babies, noting the lack of education about prenatal care and healthy behaviors. This position came with the release of a special report focused on maternal and infant health in the Hispanic population in the U.S. With the Hispanic population in the U.S. continuing to grow, birth rates are up and pregnancies should be as healthy as possible.

There are currently more than 11.8 million Hispanic women of childbearing age in the U.S. Their population has the fastest growth rate and birth rate of any race in the U.S. With a higher fertility rate in Hispanic women, this trend will continue. Unfortunately, the rate of preterm birth in Hispanic...

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