iOS app Android app

Low Birth Weight

Looming U.S. Zika Threat Highlights Perennial Low-Birth Weight Crisis for Black Moms

Catherine Cubbin | Posted 04.08.2017 | Parents
Catherine Cubbin

As Zika makes its way north, pregnant women should be concerned about small babies, not only small heads. Despite being world-class and first-rate in every way, for at least a century, the United States has been satisfied in accepting the fact that some newborn babies just won't make it, especially black ones.

Who Are We? What Do We Americans Truly Value?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

If we compare Black child well-being in America to child well-being in other nations, the U.S. Black infant mortality rate exceeds that in 65 nations including Cuba, Malaysia, and Ukraine. Our incidence of low-birth weight Black infants is higher than in 127 other nations.

Strawberry Pesticide Linked To Low Birth Weight, Study Says

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.23.2013 | Green

Salinas Valley, Calif., women living within three miles of pesticide-treated fields gave birth to smaller than average babies, according to a recent s...

The Tax Break That May Benefit Your Unborn Child

Posted 02.26.2013 | Black Voices

Although a recent report showed that one in five taxpayers eligible for the the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) will fail to claim it, researchers fro...

Can Babies Sense Racism?: How Discrimination May Affect Your Unborn Child

Posted 08.29.2012 | Black Voices

Smoking, poor nutrition and even working late have been cited among the top reasons why babies might be born with low birth weight, but a team of rese...

Lynne Peeples

Burdened Before Birth: Dangers Posed By Pesticides During Pregnancy

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 04.05.2012 | Green

An expectant mother's exposure to commonly used pesticides might pose risks to her developing fetus comparable to those long associated with tobacco s...

Low Birth Weight Linked To Autism, Study Shows

Health.com | By Amanda Gardner | Posted 12.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Babies who are unusually small at birth have a higher-than-average risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) later in life, a new study in ...