The New England Journal of Medicine uncovered the story 20 years ago. Consult these links for additional research… “When the Bough Breaks,” Unnatural Causes, http://www.unnaturalcauses.org Healthy People 2020, http://www.healthypeople.gov “Race,Stress and Social Support: Addressing the Crisis in the Black Infant Mortality, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Health Policy Institute, http://www.jointcenter.org ‘Mortality Among Infants of Black As Compared with White College-Educated Parents, The New England Journal of Medicine, http://www.nejm.org Office of Minority Health, http://www.minorityhealth.org “Ethnic Health Assessment for African Americans in California, California Black Health Network, http://www.cbhn.org
DID YOU KNOW? African American infants have 2 times the rate of preterm delivery and low birth rates as Nonhispanic-White infants. African American infants have 3 times the rate of very low birth weight (<1500 grams or 3lbs, 4oz) and very preterm delivery (<32 weeks gestation). Low birth weight and preterm delivery are the leading causes of infant mortality for African American infants. The infant mortality rate is 5.7 per 1,000 Caucasian infants and is 13.3 per 1,000African American infants.
In 2005, two months after completing all the course work for my Masters in Special Education and returning to my second year as a High School Special Ed. Science teacher, my husband and I began escrow on our first home. We also found out that we were pregnant with our first child! Everything was falling into place and going completely according to my masterful plan. We felt truly blessed. We moved into our beautiful new home only to discover that there was a gas leak and mold that required us to leave the house while it was being repaired. So