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Domestic Violence During Pregnancy Doubles Risk of Premature Birth

Women who experience domestic violence while pregnant are twice as likely to give birth to a premature baby or a baby with low birth weight, according to a new study. 

Researchers from the University of Iowa performed a meta-analysis on 50 studies that looked at the effects of domestic violence on pregnancy, evaluating data from over 5 million women in 17 countries. 

Their report, published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, offers the latest evidence that domestic violence during pregnancy is associated with adverse birth outcomes.

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