In neighbourhoods that make social progress, underweight babies are less likely to be born than in neighbourhoods that don’t. This is apparent from a recently published study by a team of Erasmus MC researchers part of the Smarter Choices of Better Health Equity action line.
For the first time, scientists from Erasmus MC investigated not only the differences between neighbourhoods, but also whether those differences become smaller or larger when the neighbourhood changes.
Improving the socio-economic status
In neighbourhoods with a lower socio-economic status (SES), babies are more often born premature or underweight. But there may be something to be done about this: when the socio-economic status improves in a neighbourhood, babies born prematurely are less frequent than when that status remains unchanged. Preterm births also decrease, but only at a later stage.