The Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch (PPB) supports research on maternal health from preconception, through pregnancy, to after delivery. The research not only explores how best to prepare a woman’s body for healthy pregnancies and healthy babies but also identifies practices associated with both poor and good outcomes, including those before the woman conceives, while she is pregnant, and after she delivers.
Within this context, the PPB supports research on:
- Preconception health
- Placenta development and complications
- Fetal development
- Pregnancy and pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia
- Labor and delivery
The PPB uses a wide range of grants and cooperative agreements to support research in this area, including support for the following multicenter networks: