Black Moms Face Triple the Risk of ‘Preemie’ Birth

an african american baby sits in a diaper and puts his hand in his mouth

Black women are three times more likely than white women to deliver their babies prematurely, a new study reveals.

Even worse, they are four times more likely to give birth extremely prematurely — between 20 to 28 weeks gestation.

Genetics are the most likely reason for the phenomenon, the study’s lead researcher said.

“It has been known that African-American women have an increased risk of preterm delivery,” said Dr. Louis J. Muglia, director of the Center for Preterm Birth Research at Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis. “By this study we are trying to understand the foundation for that effect.”