Pregnancy: For Researchers and Health Care Practitioners
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NICHD Publications and Resources
- Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
AWHONN promotes the health of women and newborns and works to strengthen the nursing profession, providing education and resources for health professionals.
- Strong Start Initiative
The Strong Start Initiative, announced in February 2012, aims to reduce the risk of significant complications and long-term health problems for expectant women and infants. This initiative is a joint effort between the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Administration on Children and Families, and nongovernmental groups devoted to the health of mothers and newborns. Read the toolkit on the Strong Start Initiative.
- Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
The MCHB of the Health Resources and Services Administration publishes Child Health USA, an annual report detailing the health status of America's children.
- American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM)
ACNM is the professional association representing nurse-midwives and certified midwives. The ACNM site provides research and professional resources, advocacy efforts, and continuing education programs.
- American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
The ACOG publication Making Obstetrics and Maternity Safer (MOMS) Maternity Care: By the Numbers (PDF - 105 KB) provides a detailed overview of maternal and infant health statistics, showing disparities in health behaviors, health care, and areas for improvement.
- Institute of Medicine (IOM)
The IOM Consensus Report on Prematurity: Causes, Consequences, and Prevention details the public health impact of prematurity, identifying top priorities for prevention.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)
PRAMS is a pregnancy surveillance system that collects state-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and after pregnancy. The goal of PRAMS is to improve pregnancy health outcomes, especially reducing low birth weight, infant mortality and morbidity, and maternal morbidity and mortality.
Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM)
SMFM aims to advance obstetrical care as a means to improve pregnancy outcomes.
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Read more about medication safety during pregnancy at the FDA Medicine and Pregnancy page. The FDA’s Pregnancy Registries aim to help scientists and health care providers learn more about medication safety during pregnancy.
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Last Updated Date: 06/17/2014
Last Reviewed Date: 07/12/2013