Study examines how water access and sanitation affect birth outcomes

Published on November 8, 2018

A new study by researchers in the University of Iowa College of Public Health examines the complex relationships between water and sanitation access and social conditions on birth outcomes among women in India.

Globally, preterm birth (PTB) and low infant birth weight (LBW) are leading causes of maternal and child illnesses and death. In low-income countries, the challenges women face to meet their basic water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) needs may be a major contributor to adverse health outcomes.

Kelly Baker, assistant professor of occupational and environmental health, and Will Story, assistant professor of community and behavioral health, co-authored the study.

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Additional Media Coverage

Water access and sanitation shape birth outcomes and earning potential (Mongabay)

Poor sanitation, harassment reasons for birth problems in India (The Hindu)