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Women who are deaf or hard of hearing have a higher risk of complications in pregnancy, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
The complications included gestational diabetes and blood pressure disorders. The study also found that babies of these mothers were more likely to be born preterm, have a low birth weight, and have lower Apgar scores.
Communication between providers and patients may be one of the factors contributing to this. The NICHD press release can be found here.
The study was conducted by Monika Mitra, Ph.D., of Brandeis University and her colleagues. The full study appeared in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, which is the journal of the American College of Preventive Medicine and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research.