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Study Finds Worse Birth Outcomes For Georgia Mothers Facing Eviction

The research from Princeton University shows women who were pregnant during evictions gave birth to children with lower birth weights.
The research from Princeton University shows women who were pregnant during evictions gave birth to children with lower birth weights.
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A new study finds Georgia children suffer when their mothers face eviction.

The research from Princeton University looks at all mothers who received eviction notices in Georgia between 2000 and 2016. It shows women who were pregnant during those evictions gave birth to children with lower birth weights.

The babies were also more likely to be premature.

This may be due to the stress an eviction can cause, the study suggests, or because mothers must change their health and eating habits while they address their housing situation.

As the Princeton report points out, evictions disproportionately affect Black women. In fact, they outnumbered white women 2 1/2 to 1 in the research sample.

Explore the full study here.