Essay on Environmental Stress And Its Impact On Pregnancy

1183 Words Nov 15th, 2016 5 Pages
Dr. Virginia Vitzthum conducted the research study, Environmental Stress and Its Impact on Pregnancy. Dr. Vitzthum has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in Biological Anthropology from the University of Michigan, and a B.S./B.A. in Biology and Anthropology from Queens College. Furthermore, Dr. Vitzthum is a senior scientist at the Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, Indiana, and is an evolutionary anthropologist and professor in the Anthropology department at Indiana University. The purpose of Dr. Vitzthum’s research on environmental stress and its impact on pregnancy is to explore factors contributing to pregnancy loss in the early stages of reproduction in women among different cultures. Dr. Vitzthum conducted this research to prove how evolution has impacted women 's fertility and pregnancy. She emphasizes how the role of evolution has highly influenced women 's resources, psychosocial support, and the environment through time. Dr. Virginia Vitzthum researched women fertility in Bolivia. She did this for two reasons: Bolivian women experience a natural fertility, and Bolivian women experience high energetic stress. Natural fertility means that women do not use contraceptives, and high energetic stress means that women experience stress resulting from hard work labor and a low food supply. Throughout her time in Bolivia, Dr. Vitzthum studied over 300 women. She took saliva samples of these women every other day for up to eight months…

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