The role of socioeconomic status on your diagnosis There is a wryly serious Anne Enright quote about pregnancy in her book of essays, Making Babies. In it, Enright takes into account all the ways a woman could harm or help her unborn child while pregnant. She refers to the rule-makers as "the womb police." Ultimately, though, she gets to the root cause and predictor of a person's lifetime of good or bad health. She says that the people who claim to know what's best for fetal development would be better off standing in the outpatient rooms of hospitals and shout, "Stop being poor!" Because, says Enright, "poverty is what damages the developing fetus more than anything else."