To identify factors on the causal pathway to adverse birth outcomes, researchers are turning their attention to the preconception environment. Population-level, longitudinal data following women from preconception to birth are rare. This study transforms administrative data (all births to women living in California between 2005 and 2010) into prospective data (by linking siblings born to the same mother over time) to explore the effect of preconception neighborhood social environment on adverse birth outcomes.


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