The Effect Of Race, Income On Advice Given To Pregnant Women

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"Intersections of Ethnicity and Social Class in Provider Advice Regarding Reproductive Health," American Journal of Public Health:The study looked at how ethnicity and social class affect how womenperceive the reproductive health care they receive. For the report,Roberta Downing and Thomas LaVeist of Johns Hopkins University and Heather Bullock of the University of California-Santa Cruzsurveyed 339 ethnically diverse low-income and middle-income women inthe Los Angeles area about their pregnancy-related health careexperiences.

Researchers found that low-income minority women were morelikely than middle-aged white women to report that they were advised tolimit future births, and low-income Hispanic women were more likelythan middle-income white women to report being discouraged from havingchildren (Downing et al., AJPH, October 2007).

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