Black Babies Matter
Many Black Babies in the U.S. are born prematurely. Prematurity is related to Black women’s stress from racism and social injustice. Premature babies often have more problems playing with other children, poorer attention in school, and more mental illnesses. Stress lowers women’s levels of choline, a natural nutrient found in eggs, meat, and soybeans. New science links Black women’s low choline to premature delivery and poorer brain development. Even with good diets, many Black women’s choline remains too low to help their Baby. Before or during pregnancy, women can get the extra choline that their Baby needs from the supplements recommended here. They are available without prescription. Prenatal vitamins are important too, but they alone do not contain enough choline to be useful. Most women who received the supplements delivered their babies at full term, 40 weeks. The late Dr. Carl Bell, a beloved community activist and child psychiatrist on Chicago’s South Side, convinced the National and American Medical Associations to recommend choline for all pregnant women. More information about findings in Black women's pregnancies is available from Black Babies Minds Matter.