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Privelege, Race, Class, and more in the delivery room

By testing race and class effects on women's capacity to realize their childbirth preferences in hospital settings, we can examine inequalities within our healthcare systems
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Examining the millions of births in America annually, we find that 1) less privileged women were significantly less likely to have certain interventions and had fewer interventions overall; but 2) less privileged women with natural birth preferences were significantly more likely to have certain medical interventions, compared to their race/class privileged counterparts. Thus, less privileged women simultaneously receive less and more childbirth interventions—both of which appear to be out of sync with their birthing preferences.

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