In a retrospective study, Liron Bar-El, M.D., of the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in New York City, and colleagues found that racial disparities in pregnancy outcomes commonly seen among Black women versus White women differed for pregnancies conceived via in vitro fertilization (IVF).
The authors analyzed the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention natality database (2016 to 2018) of births conceived through IVF in non-Hispanic Black women and non-Hispanic White women. They found that the neonatal complications more commonly seen among Black women compared to White women following pregnancy were actually lower in Black women compared with White women who had undergone IVF.
“These findings may indicate that different socioeconomic factors, rather than race per se, are at play,” the authors write. “Further research is needed to explore the causes of this disparity.”