Source of graph: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Birth Outcomes [PDF] Presented by Michael Lu at the 2009 CIMS Forum
What is corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH)?
An independent risk factor is a trait, condition, or habit that is associated with an increased chance of developing a disease, regardless of whether other traits or conditions are present.
For a less-simplistic view of these issues, please let these links start your research.
Stress Hormone Causes Epigenetic Changes (September 27, 2010)—New from the NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
Michael C. Lu: Redefining Maternal and Child Health [PDF] (UCLA Public Health, 2009)
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Birth Outcomes [PDF] Presented by Michael Lu at the 2009 CIMS Forum
How Racism Impacts Pregnancy Outcomes (YouTube video with Michael Lu)
African-American Women’s Lifelong Minority Status, Stress, and Pregnancy Outcome [PDF] Presented by James W. Collins, Jr. to the Joint Commission for Political and Economic Studies
Very Low Birthweight in African American Infants: The Role of Maternal Exposure to Interpersonal Racial Discrimination (Collins, et. al.)
Persistent Peril: Why African American babies have the highest infant mortality rate in the developed world (RaceWire.com, 2003)
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Birth Outcomes: A Life-Course Perspective (Lu, et. al.)
Nicole Deggins has posted about National Infant Mortality Awareness Month on her blog.
Blogs about race:
Racialicious- a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture
Racism “Bingo” for internet trolls
Guerrilla Mama Medicine- Mai’a blogs about racism, birth, midwifery and motherhood
Crisis in the Crib Carnival
Michael Lu’s book: Get Ready to Get Pregnant: Your Complete Prepregnancy Guide to Making a Smart and Healthy Baby