When the Bough Breaks
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1. How are pregnancy outcomes affected by racism and chronic stress? How are racial differences in birth outcomes not reducible to class alone? 2. Dr. Jones says that the chronic stress of racism is like “gunning the engine of a car, never letting up.” What does she mean? How does this affect the body over time? 3. Birth outcomes, like other health indicators, follow the wealth-health gradient. Explain why wealthier and more educated mothers have better outcomes. According to the film, why do African American women at each income level have worse outcomes than their white counterparts? 4. Describe Dr. Lu’s “life-course perspective.” How does it broaden conventional approaches, which focus primarily on risk factors during pregnancy? a. What are the mechanisms by which experiences outside the body and before conception can affect birth outcomes? b. Describe how the life course perspective support a link between racism and premature birth or low birth-weight babies. 5. Neonatologist Dr. Richard David says: “there’s something about growing up as a Black female in the United States that’s not good for your childbearing health.” a. What evidence explains racial disparities in birth outcomes? b. Why is it significant that the daughters of African immigrants had worse birth outcomes than their mothers? c. Why do African American mothers have more low birth-weight babies than white American and African immigrant women?
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