New Jersey — According to a new study, Black women in New Jersey are more than 2 1/2 times more likely to lose a baby in the first year of life than white women.
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What shocks many even more is that the rates exist at all income and education levels, but is widest among more affluent, highly educated women despite the steady decline in this gap.
A college-educated black woman in the United States is more likely to lose her baby than a white woman with only a high school education. An African-American woman who starts prenatal care in her first trimester is more likely to lose her baby than a white woman with late or no prenatal care. A black woman who does not smoke has worse birth outcomes than a white woman who smokes.