Compromised Birth Outcomes in the Mexican-Origin Population at the U. S.-Mexico Border

Raúl S. González R.

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 This research on ethnicity, risk factors, and birth outcomes among women of Mexican origin along the U. S.-Mexico border in the state of Texas includes a review of the Hispanic epidemiologic paradox. The study uses a framework that delineates the sociodemographic and biomedical factors that help to explain birth-outcome characteristics for Mexican-origin mothers. Data from a large hospital in El Paso, Texas, is analyzed to determine the frequency of, and the reasons for, birth-outcome disparities in Mexicanorigin women from different backgrounds who are residing in the United States.


Esta investigación sobre etnicidad, factores de riesgo y natalicios entre mujeres de origen mexicano en la frontera México-Estados Unidos en el estado de Texas, incluye una revisión de la paradoja epidemiológica hispana. Se utiliza un marco de referencia que delimita los factores sociodemográficos y biomédicos que son de utilidad para explicar las características de natalidad en madres de origen mexicano. Se analizan datos de un hospital general en El Paso con el fin de determinar las razones y la frecuencia de disparidades natales entre madres de origen mexicano que tienen diversos antecedentes y viven en Estados Unidos.

Keywords: Hispanic epidemiologic paradox; birth outcomes; Mexican-origin population; U. S.-Mexico border; El Paso, Texas

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