Stress Processes in Pregnancy and Preterm Birth

  title={Stress Processes in Pregnancy and Preterm Birth},
  author={Christine Dunkel Schetter},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={205 - 209}
  • C. Schetter
  • Published 1 August 2009
  • Medicine
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science
Preterm birth (PTB) is of epidemic proportions in the United States, particularly among African Americans. Its consequences range from risk of infant mortality to lifelong disease and disability. Stress is a contributor to preterm labor and delivery. This article summarizes research on stress as a risk factor for PTB. As is evident in considering the complex mechanisms, psychological science has much to contribute to addressing this important health issue. 

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