nj acts logoPlease read Dr. Reichman’s article in JAMA Network Open titled, “Association Between Housing Affordability and Severe Maternal Morbidity.”

In 2019, median housing costs grew faster than median household incomes for the eighth year in a row, contributing to an ongoing housing affordability crisis in the US. Nationwide, 37.1 million households are considered housing cost burdened, meaning that they spend more than 30% of their income on housing. Women, particularly those of reproductive age with low incomes or educational attainment, have disproportionately high rates of housing cost burden. Pregnancy and childbirth are associated with declines in income at a time when housing needs have increased, further exacerbating housing cost burden. In 2019, 57% of women with less than a high school education who gave birth in the past year were burdened by housing costs; this figure is 43% higher than that of women with similar educational attainment who did not give birth. To read the full article.

Association Between Housing Affordability and Severe Maternal Morbidity. Felix M. Muchomba; Julien Teitler; Nancy E. Reichman. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(11):e2243225. PMID: 36413368 PMCID: PMC9682423 DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.43225