Monday, October 14, 2013

A Paradox That Starts Before Birth

Immigrant groups have different health issues to deal with when they live in the U.S.   - - Donna Poisl


It’s party time in the lobby of an AltaMed obstetrical clinic in Central Santa Ana, where pregnant women in their third trimester have gathered for a combination health class and baby shower.

Amid cupcakes and streamers, the women are briefed in Spanish on the importance of dental care during pregnancy and the advantages of breastfeeding. A hospital rep promises diaper giveaways to the moms-to-be delivering at her facility.

Chances are the deliveries will go smoothly, particularly among the patients from Mexico. Data show the rates of infant mortality and birth complications such as preterm delivery and low birth weight are low among Mexican-born women in the U.S.
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