Setting the Foundation for Healthy Pregnancies and Lifelong Wellness
Highlighted Programs and Activities
NEW: Maternal morbidity and mortality data analysis project
This project’s goal is to promote innovation in computational analysis and unique learning approaches or models. The effort will utilize publicly available NICHD-funded datasets to identify new paradigms to decrease the rates of maternal morbidity and mortality. Learn more about this effort.
Priority: Studies on causes and mechanisms of preterm birth, especially in populations affected by health disparities, to support prevention
NICHD-funded scientists are studying the potential of surfactant protein A to reduce preterm birth. Other research teams are working to better understand normal and abnormal uterine contraction in term labor and prevent preterm birth. Learn more: R01HD096209; R01HD096385; R01HD097279; R01HD100012; and others.
Intramural research: Preterm birth
The Perinatal Research Branch, within the NICHD Division of Intramural Research, studies intra-amniotic infection and inflammation, vascular disorders, maternal anti-fetal rejection (chronic inflammatory lesions of the placenta), cervical disease, and a decline in progesterone action. Learn more about the branch’s research.
Selected Recent Advances
Reducing disparities in Severe Maternal Morbidity (SMM) (PMID: 31978432)
Researchers analyzed results of an initiative undertaken at 99 California hospitals to reduce the risk of SMM from obstetric hemorrhage, a common major complication of childbirth. The initiative benefitted Black women more than white women, reducing disparities.