Researching Public Law and Public Policy in the Public Interest

Disparities in Access to Prenatal Care: Perpetuation of Poverty and Inequality

ABSTRACT: This analysis addresses the disparity in prenatal health outcomes between the City of Paterson and Wayne Township in New Jersey. It guides the reader through the experiences of a hypothetical pregnant woman living in Paterson to examine the institutional and non-institutional factors that prevent this pregnant woman, and others like her, from accessing appropriate prenatal care. This paper also discusses the relationship between the inability to access proper prenatal care and the perpetuation of poverty and inequality. Lastly, it calls for local reforms to concentrate efforts in deconstructing community barriers.