Disparities between Racial Groups Related to Low Birth Weights and Premature Births

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In the United States, there are disparities between the different racial groups when it comes to low birth weights and premature births. Evidence of this can be seen with information collected Reichman (2005). She found that African Americans have the highest rate with this accounting for 13.0%. While whites are reporting 6.5% and Hispanics are seeing figures of 6.5%. However, inside the Hispanic demographic there are differences in these numbers as Puerto Ricans have 9.4%. These disparities are not tied to economic status with many educated African American women having children of low birth weight. Whereas, there are differences between select segments of the Hispanic population in contrast with other sub groups. (Reichman, 2005)
Describe the impact of extremely low birth weight babies on family and society (short and long term, including economic considerations, ongoing care considerations, and comorbidities associated with prematurity). In the case of the family, low birth weight babies will place increasing amounts of pressure on its structure over the short and long term. This is because everyone will have to care more for them which will impact their ability to interact with each other. At the same time, there will be greater financial and emotional pressures placed on the family from the ongoing treatment of these children.…
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