Low SES backgrounds key risk for premature births

Women who live in poorer areas, are older mothers, smokers or are Aboriginal have a higher risk of having a premature birth, according to new research.

Mothers from disadvantaged areas had a 45% higher risk of having a baby born three months early than mothers from least disadvantaged areas. One-third (33.7%) of mothers from disadvantaged areas gave birth prematurely.

The study used data from the NSW Midwives Data Collection from 1994 to 2004.

Read more at University of Sydney