Pregnancy Loss: For Researchers and Health Care Providers
- The NICHD’s Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch (PPB) supports research related to pregnancy loss, including pregnancy complications, placental problems, and the impact of lifestyle influences, such as prenatal alcohol exposure, on pregnancy loss and stillbirth. The PPB supports the following research networks that aim to advance understanding of miscarriage and stillbirth:
- The Fertility and Infertility (FI) Branch focuses on expanding the NICHD's knowledge of the contributors to pregnancy loss, particularly as they relate to infertility issues or result from fertility treatments.
- The FI Branch-supported Reproductive Medicine Network (RMN) carries out large, multicenter clinical trials of diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for reproductive diseases and disorders, such as PCOS.
- The Specialized Cooperative Centers Program in Reproduction and Infertility Research (SCCPIR) , also supported by the FI Branch, promotes training and career development for research scientists in the areas of reproduction and infertility.
- The Population Dynamics Branch supports research and research training in demography, reproductive health, and population health, including studies of how frequently women report miscarriage.
- The NICHD’s Division Intramural Population Health Research studies factors influencing human reproduction and development, including environmental influences, to increase our understanding of pregnancy loss.
- The NICHD also promotes research aimed at understanding basic cellular and molecular mechanisms of pregnancy loss, including studies conducted by researchers in the Unit on Reproductive and Regenerative Medicine , in the Division of Intramural Research, examining the role of endometrial stem cells in gynecologic problems, such as scarring of the uterine cavity, endometriosis, and recurrent pregnancy loss.
- The Global Network for Women's and Children's Health Research aims to improve maternal and infant health outcomes and build health research capacity in resource-poor settings by testing cost-effective, sustainable interventions.
- The Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance (PLIDA) supports health care practitioners and parent-advocates in their efforts to improve care for families who experience a miscarriage, stillbirth, or death of an infant.
- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) provides various sources of information about pregnancy and pregnancy loss as well as information for practicing obstetricians and gynecologists.
- Findings from a study on the Role of Chlamydia trachomatis in Miscarriage were published in 2011 in the CDC's journal Emerging Infectious Disease.
- The National SUID/SIDS Resource Center provides Bereavement Resources for Healthcare Professionals.
Please note: Links to organizations and information included on this page do not indicate endorsement from the NICHD, NIH, or HHS.
Last Updated Date: 10/21/2013
Last Reviewed Date: 07/15/2013