Before she became pregnant, Darnisha Wiley-Scott had been going door-to-door on the west side of Fresno surveying women about pregnancy and childbirth as part of a community project and study.

“Come to find out that African-American women are more likely to have premature babies than any other ethnicity in Fresno. It shocked me,” she said. “Hearing their stories, not just about premature births, but also about miscarriages was sad…and yes, that was a stressor, a big stressor for me.”

In Fresno County, African-American women are 55% more likely to have a premature baby than white mothers and 40-42% more likely than Latino and Asian mothers to have a preterm birth. Being born premature, puts infants at higher risk of dying before their first birthday.

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