Anderton, Douglas L., Bean, Lee L., Mineau, Geraldine P.
High Risk Childbearing : Fertility and Infant Mortality on the American Frontier
Social Science History
The relationship between childbearing (fertility) and infant mortality in the Utah frontier population during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was investigated. A variable factor to be considered was the pioneering during that time. Also examined were a mixed urban-rural population and a high proportion of foreign-born whose childbearing behaviors and other customs influenced their mortality levels. The pattern of fertility change among the Utah population was similar to the U.S. population; only levels, rather than trends, differed.