Studies show stress from racism affects newborn health

December 8, 2016

Richmond Confidential: a growing number of researchers say that for too long the medical community has ignored a potent stressor that lies at the root of all the other stress some women face, racism. A growing number of scientific studies show that racism experienced by women of color, particularly black women, can affect the health of their future children in many ways. Though racism can affect people in different ways, Amani Nuru-Jeter, Ph.D., associate professor of epidemiology at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, said discrimination is “a chronic stressor.” And when a woman is stressed all of the time, she is less likely to have a healthy pregnancy.

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