NICHD Health Equity Seminar Series: Moving Toward Reproductive Health Equity: Implications of Unintended Pregnancy

June 11, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Office of Health Equity (OHE) and Office of Science Policy, Analysis and Communication in the NICHD Office of the Director (OD); Contraceptive Discovery and Development Branch, Fertility and Infertility Branch, and Population Dynamics Branch in the Division of Extramural Research; and the Unit on Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Program in Reproductive and Adult Endocrinology in the Division of Intramural Research (DIR); NICHD.


Building 31, Conference Room 2A48, Bethesda, Maryland


The NICHD Health Equity Seminar Series is designed to increase awareness of maternal and child health issues that impact diverse populations and serves as a platform to discuss ongoing and future research to reduce disparities in health outcomes related to all NICHD-mission areas. 

The goal of this seminar is to highlight research focused on the social and economic consequences of unintended pregnancy, strategies for increasing access to safe and effective contraceptive methods, and factors related to contraceptive behavior among populations at increased risk for unintended pregnancy.

Recent data from the National Survey of Family Growth indicates that more than one-half (51%) of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended. Unintended pregnancies, particularly those leading to unintended births, can have negative consequences such as delayed prenatal care, poor birth outcomes, poor maternal-child relationships, and increased economic burden.  Racial and ethnic minority women and low-income women experience notably high rates of unintended pregnancy. Strategies to support increased access to safe and effective contraceptive methods and appropriate use of contraceptive methods are essential for reducing unintended pregnancies and related social and economic consequences among high-risk populations.

Speakers for this seminar include:

  • Kathryn Kost, Ph.D.
    Senior Research Associate, The Guttmacher Institute
    Kost Presentation (PDF - 555 KB)
  • Elizabeth Miller, M.D., Ph.D.
    Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    Miller Presentation (PDF - 1.5 MB)
  • Jeffrey Peipert, M.D., Ph.D.
    Vice Chair of Clinical Research, Department of Obstetrics and  Gynecology, Washington University School of Medicine
    Peipert Presentation (PDF - 1.1 MB)
  • Tina Raine-Bennett, M.D., M.P.H.
    Research Director, Women’s Health Research Institute, Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California
    Raine-Bennett Presentation (PDF - 1.6 MB)

More Information


Dr. Della Brown White, OHE, OD, NICHD
Tel: (301) 435-2712

Please note: Views expressed during NICHD-sponsored events do not necessarily reflect the opinions or the official positions of NICHD, NIH, or HHS.
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