COMMENTARY ON: Gagnon AJ, Zimbeck M, Zeitlin J, and the ROAM Collaboration. Migration to western industrialized countries and perinatal health: A systematic review. Soc Sci Med 2009;69:934–946.
IN THE LITERATURE
Perinatal Outcomes and Nativity: Does Place of Birth Really Influence Infant Health?
Article first published online: 23 NOV 2011
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Volume 38, Issue 4, pages 354–356, December 2011
How to Cite
Kirby, R. S. (2011), Perinatal Outcomes and Nativity: Does Place of Birth Really Influence Infant Health?. Birth, 38: 354–356. doi: 10.1111/j.1523-536X.2011.00505.x
- Issue published online: 23 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 23 NOV 2011
- internal migration;
- international migration;
- pregnancy outcome;
- systematic review
ABSTRACT: In recent years nativity or nation of origin has become the focus of numerous pregnancy outcome studies. A recent research synthesis found that, although considerable heterogeneity in study designs hinders the development of broad generalizations concerning differences in pregnancy outcomes, migrant women were more likely to have better low-birthweight and preterm birth outcomes than women born in the receiving country in most of the studies that could be incorporated in the meta-analysis. Researchers considering studies of migration and pregnancy outcomes should incorporate more comprehensive measures of the migrant experience, as the dichotomous variable born or not born in the receiving country only opens the door to understanding the meaning of empirical observations concerning advantage or disadvantage in outcomes of pregnancy among migrant women. (BIRTH 38:4 December 2011)