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Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth

Dana-Ain Davis


The premature birth rate in the United States has been persistently high among Black women for many decades. While most research on the topic of premature birth involves poor and low-income women, this book focuses on the experiences of more affluent women to show that race is as much a common denominator as class in adverse birth outcomes. Using the afterlife of slavery framework, the book argues that racism shapes professional and college-educated Black women’s prenatal and birthing medical encounters, which have precedents that emanate from slavery. The book weaves in historic examples of m ... More

Keywords: premature birth, labor, race, racism, afterlife of slavery, diagnostic lapse, intervention

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781479812271
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479812271.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dana-Ain Davis, author
Graduate Center, CUNY