Study Documents Relationship between Housing Instability and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes

A new study in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology finds a strong relationship between housing instability and harmful pregnancy outcomes. Specifically, housing instability and homelessness during pregnancy are significantly associated with preterm birth, low birthweight, neonatal intensive care unit admission, and delivery complications. The authors conducted a systematic review of the published literature on these topics.

This study adds further weight to the bevy of research demonstrating that housing stability is essential for good health. Through the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign, leading organizations from the healthcare sector are engaged in the movement to expand housing affordability for the lowest income and most marginalized households.

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