April 14-15, 2008
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health (NICHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH; Office of Rare Diseases, NIH; Office of Research on Women’s Health, NIH; Office on Women’s Health, Department of Health and Human Services; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine; March of Dimes; American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Bolger Center, Potomac, Maryland
Preconception care is important to women’s health across the reproductive life span. The goal of preconception care is to promote healthy families and facilitate optimal prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum maternal and fetal health. Since, many events before and around fertility may affect pregnancy outcomes, the focus is on women’s health long before pregnancy begins. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together a broad spectrum of experts, including clinicians and basic and behavioral scientists to define a multidisciplinary framework for developing an agenda in preconception care research. The meeting is expected to cover a broad range of biological determinants that directly and indirectly influence preconception care. The diverse components of preconception care research and its specific impact on the reproductive system leading to improved birth and long-term health outcomes will be explored.
Dr. Estella Parrott, Reproductive Sciences Branch, Center for Population Research, NICHD
Dr. Uma Reddy Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch, Center for Developmental Biology & Perinatal Medicine, NICHD