NICHD High-Risk Pregnancy Research Information

A core purpose of NICHD’s research is to help ensure that women have no harmful effects from reproductive processes, including pregnancy and childbirth. High-risk pregnancy encompasses a range of risks that can affect the pregnancy and the fetus, as well as the mother’s and baby’s long-term health. Topics in NICHD’s research portfolio include the etiology, prevention, risk reduction, and treatment of conditions associated with high-risk pregnancy.

The institute also supports research and professional training, research infrastructure that facilitates understanding of healthy pregnancies and deliveries, and dissemination of research for best practices during pregnancy and childbirth. NICHD also participates in federal initiatives, including the Interagency Coordinating Council on Low Birth Weight and Preterm Birth, directed at reducing pregnancy risks and facilitating healthy outcomes, and leads other efforts such as the Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant and Lactating Women.

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