National WIC Association

Chronic stress and low-birthweight neonates in a low-income population of women

Borders AE, et al. Chronic stress and low-birthweight neonates in a low-income population of women. Obstet Gynecol. Feb 2007;109(2 Part 1):331-338.

The authors examined whether there was an association between chronic psychosocial stress and low-birthweight neonates among low-income women. Researchers found that many psychosocial stressors were associated with a low-birthweight delivery, including food insecurity, a child with a chronic illness, a crowded home environment, and unemployment.