“Stressor landscapes, birth weight, and prematurity at the intersection of race and income: Elucidating birth contexts through patterned life events” examined population data from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) through an intersectionality-based approach to understand how maternal life events preceding childbirth shape birth outcomes at the intersection of race and income:
“How stressor landscapes affect mothers appears to depend on race and income jointly, as theorized using an intersectionality-based approach. Hence, in addition to the evidence we find of differential exposure by race and income in the US, we also find potential evidence of differential vulnerability or susceptibility to stressors. One of the starkest illustrations of this is the exceptionally lower birth weight and higher risk of low birth weight and very low birth weight among middle-income non-Hispanic Black mothers. This pattern suggests that women of color are more acutely vulnerable to social stressors relative to white women of similar income and relative to lower-income women of color, potentially due to greater social isolation or the accumulation of stress related to overcoming other obstacles coinciding with upward mobility.”
Read the whole paper here – congratulations, Dr. Ehrenthal!