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Labor and Delivery: Resources for Researchers and Health Care Providers

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Division of Extramural Research

Division of Intramural Population Health Research (DIPHR)

DIPHR supports and conducts research to identify critical data gaps and designs research initiatives to answer etiologic questions or to evaluate interventions aimed at modifying behavior related to public health. The Consortium on Safe Labor within the DIPHR’s Epidemiology Branch was an observational study whose goals were to explore the underlying causes of the high cesarean rate in the U.S. population; describe contemporary labor progression at the national level; and determine when is the most appropriate time to perform a cesarean delivery in women with labor protraction and arrest.

Division of Intramural Research (DIR)

  • Program in Perinatal Research and Obstetrics (PPRO)
    The PPRO, within the DIR, conducts clinical and laboratory research on maternal and fetal diseases responsible for excessive infant mortality in the United States. The PPRO focuses on the mechanisms of disease responsible for premature labor and delivery with particular emphasis on the role of subclinical intrauterine infection and inflammation. The prenatal diagnosis of congenital anomalies is also a major area of interest.

National Child and Maternal Health Education Program (NCMHEP)

The NCMHEP provides a forum for reviewing, translating, and disseminating new research in the field of maternal and child health. The program currently has two initiatives related to labor and delivery:

Other Resources

See the preterm labor and birth topic for resources specific to preterm labor and delivery.

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