The higher death rate for babies of color can’t be explained by one factor alone, according to Alicia Guevara Warren, Kids Count in Michigan project director with the Michigan League for Public Policy. Access to prenatal care and proper nutrition, environmental factors such as poverty and unsafe housing as well as education can all play a role.
“We know some of the leading causes for the high rate are the amount of preterm births. We know that African American babies are born too small and too early, which is going to have an impact on how they thrive in the first year,” Warren said. “Hispanics in particular, the rate is worsening during this trend period. One of the things we have to remember is that there are so many things connected to a mother’s health and the baby’s health. If they’re in poverty, it’s more likely to be detrimental to their health over time.” Aug 11, 2017 — The Oakland Press