Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch (PPB)


PPBPPB supports research to:

  • Improve the health of women before, during, and after pregnancy
  • Reduce the number of preterm births and other birth complications
  • Increase infant survival free, from disease and disability
  • Ensure the long-term health of mothers and their children

The branch supports grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts for research ranging from basic science to clinical trials. Some topics of interest include exploring how healthy babies develop and what can go wrong in the process and identifying better ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases in pregnant women and newborns, particularly those approaches that use safe, effective, non- or minimally invasive devices and instruments. PPB also supports training grants for medical researchers in maternal-fetal medicine, neonatology, and related fields.


  • Branch-funded study: Goldstein RD, Kinney HC, Willinger M. (2016). Sudden unexpected death in fetal life through early childhood. Pediatrics. 2016 Jun;137(6). pii: e20154661. doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-4661. PMID: 27230764.
  • Branch-supported workshops:
    • Higgins RD, Saade G, Polin RA, Grobman WA, Buhimschi IA, Watterberg K, Silver RM, Raju TN; Chorioamnionitis Workshop Participants. Evaluation and management of women and newborns with a maternal diagnosis of chorioamnionitis: Summary of a workshop. Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Mar;127(3):426-36. PMID: 26855098
    • Reddy UM, Davis JM, Ren Z, Greene MF; Opioid Use in Pregnancy, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, and Childhood Outcomes Workshop Invited Speakers. Opioid use in pregnancy, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and childhood outcomes: Executive summary of a joint workshop. Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Jul;130(1):10-28. PMID: 28594753
  • PPB-supported researchers developed a tool using data from the Neonatal Research Network that shows outcome trends for infants born at extremely preterm gestations. To access the tool and learn about the data, visit Extremely Preterm Birth Outcome Data.