Why are low-income babies less likely to be screened for jaundice?

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  • KH says:

    Interesting article. I also think transportation could be a major reason (can you imagine a situation in which a mother has to manage a newborn and a toddler on a bus, especially it is a hot or snowy day?…). In addition, sometimes it is hard to make an appointment with a family doctor. Also it could be that those with lower SES feel uncomfortable or judged when they visit doctors because of the subtle or not so subtle attitudes.


Astrid Guttmann


Dr. Astrid Guttmann is a staff physician in the Division of Paediatric Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children and an associate professor of Paediatrics and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. She is the chief science officer at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and a CIHR Applied Chair in Reproductive, Child and Youth Health Services Research. She sits on the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health in Ontario. Read more about Dr. Guttmann’s work at ICES.

Liz Darling


Liz Darling is a registered midwife who practices in Ottawa, and an Assistant Professor in the Midwifery Education Program at Laurentian University. Her research focuses on maternal newborn health services. She is a member of the Leadership Team of Ontario’s Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health’s Low Risk Maternal Newborn Strategy Expert Panel.

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