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Male Scarcity Can Impact Births, Study Shows

Posted by Alissa Robson

I think we’ve said it before, but there really is a study for everything! Just recently, a study was published in the American Journal of Human Biology that examined the connection between scarcity of males in a community and the impact on births.

The study found that when males are scarce, issues like premature birth and lower birth weight tend to increase. Based on 2000 birth records across the U.S., they examined the ratio of men to women in each county and compared it to the number of premature births and babies with a birth weight under 5.5 lbs.

The study also looked at single-mother households, socio-economic factors, male scarcity and more.

While the topic of this research may seem unusual, the study’s author Daniel Kruger believes it will help enhance the support women receive from their partners and family, males in particular.

“If possible, we should increase men’s involvement and support during pregnancy and reinforce the expectation that he will be around to help raise the child,” he says. This does not just have to be financial support; it can be spending time with the child, taking care of him / her, teaching him / her skills, etc.”

We couldn’t agree more! If you’ve got a story of an involved father or have suggestions on ways to help increase male support in communities, we’d love to hear them in the SureBaby comments.

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