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For black infants, a precarious start in life
For black infants, a precarious start in life

The cramping came on quickly. Then the bleeding. Samantha Bradley was only six months pregnant. She had already miscarried once. She knew she needed to get to an emergency room. "I was in tears," she said. "The only thing I could think was 'Get me to a hospital.'" On vacation in Palm Springs, Bradley and her sister rushed to a nearby hospital. About 30 minutes later, Bradley gave birth to her son. The baby weighed just 1 pound, 8 ounces — a little more than a bag of coffee. She got only a quick glance before doctors whisked him away. She saw his rib cage protruding from his tiny frame. He didn't make a sound. :: Black women like...

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