Type of Thesis
This study is a racial/ethnic comparison of the over 4 million women who gave birth to live babies in 2006, and the health of the mothers and of these newborns. Using the recently released 2006 Natality Detail File data, I conducted a racial/ethnic analysis of these women’s and newborns’ demographic, pregnancy, and medical care and experiences. Other than the governmental statisticians who reported on the basics of these 2006 data, I am one of the first, if not the first, to analyze these data. Overwhelmingly, research on mothers’ pregnancies and birth outcomes that have included race/ethnicity, has been limited to a binary of Black and white woman and babies, largely excluding Latinas, as well as Native American/Alaskan Native (NA/AN) and Asian American/Pacific Islander (AA/PI) mothers and their newborns. To my knowledge, my thesis is the first study to conduct racial/ethnic comparisons of mothers and their babies using five race/ethnicity categories: Latina, Black, NA/AN, AA/PI, and white. The findings stress the importance of such expanded race/ethnicity categories for researching pregnant women and their newborns, and provide some support for the Latina Paradox in terms of mothers and newborns.
Rodriguez, Antonia, "A Racial/Ethnic Health Analysis of Mothers and Newborns among U.S. Births in 2006" (2016). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 1206.