TitlePerceived discrimination during prenatal care, labor, and delivery: an examination of data from the Oregon Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, 1998-1999, 2000, and 2001.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsDe Marco, M, Thorburn, S, Zhao, W
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume98
Issue10
Pagination1818-22
Date Published2008 Oct
KeywordsSocioeconomic Factors
Abstract

Although recent research has examined discrimination in health care, no studies have investigated women's experiences during prenatal or obstetrical care. Analyses of data from the Oregon Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System showed that 18.53% of mothers reported discrimination by providers during prenatal care, labor, or delivery, most commonly because of age or insurance status. Perceived discrimination was associated with maternal characteristics such as age, marital status, and type of insurance, but not with number of subsequent well-baby visits.