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- Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
NICHD’s mission is to lead research and training to understand human development, improve reproductive health, enhance the lives of children and adolescents, and optimize abilities for all. The Maternal Morbidity and Mortality section of the NICHD website provides more information about research at NICHD and NIH.
- Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)
ORWH supports and works to strengthen research on women’s health topics. ORWH is committed to advancing the public’s understanding of the potential impact of pregnancy across the life course. In addition, ORWH promotes interdisciplinary research focused on the effects of sex and gender influences at the intersection of social determinants such as race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, education, health literacy, and urban/rural residence—in human health and illness through a program focused on understudied, underreported, and underrepresented populations of women (U3). This U3 program is especially critical in considering the social determinants of maternal health. ORWH also supports the Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Web Portal. This extensive resource provides trustworthy, science-based information on healthy pregnancies, deliveries, and post-pregnancy experiences for scientists, researchers, consumers and advocates. Among these resources included in the MMM Web Portal is the 2020 informational booklet, Maternal Morbidity and Mortality, which provides a comprehensive overview of this effort.
- Moms’ Mental Health Matters (MMHM)
MMHM provides information and resources to support mothers’ mental health during pregnancy and after birth, including a page on how to find help.
- Pregnancy for Every Body
Pregnancy for Every Body aims to help plus-size women have healthy pregnancies. The initiative provides information and resources, including a pregnancy action plan and tips for talking with healthcare providers.
PregSourceTM is a research project that gathers information about pregnancy to help better understand the overall pregnancy experience. Women who join PregSource™ can track their pregnancies, share their health information with providers, and see how their experiences may differ from those of other women, while also helping future moms-to-be.
- Consortium on Safe Labor
The Consortium explores the underlying causes of high Cesarean rates in the United States and seeks to understand the most appropriate time to perform a Cesarean delivery in women with labor protraction and arrest.
- Global Network for Women's and Children's Health Research
The Global Network supports and conducts clinical trials in resource-limited countries by pairing foreign and U.S. investigators, with the goal of evaluating low-cost, sustainable interventions to improve maternal and child health and simultaneously building local research capacity and infrastructure.
- Human Placenta Project (HPP)
HPP is a collaborative research effort to understand the role of the placenta in health and disease. HPP aims to develop new tools to study the placenta in real time to learn how it develops and functions throughout pregnancy.
- Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units (MFMU) Network
The MFMU network aims to reduce maternal, fetal, and infant morbidity related to preterm birth, fetal growth abnormalities, and maternal complications and to provide the rationale for evidence-based, cost-effective obstetric practice.
Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women (PRGLAC)
21st Century Cures Act established PRGLAC to advise the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding gaps in knowledge and research on safe and effective therapies for pregnant women and nursing mothers.
This page last reviewed on September 29, 2020