Many programs within NICHD's Division of Intramural Population Health Research (DIPHR), Division of Extramural Research (DER), and
Division of Intramural Research (DIR) conduct and support research on pregnancy. Researchers investigate a wide variety of topics related to improving the health of mothers and their fetuses, from before conception to the weeks and months after birth.
In 2014, NICHD launched the
Human Placenta Project (HPP) to address gaps in our understanding of this vital organ and develop tools to study the structure and function of the placenta in real time. Ultimately, research stemming from this initiative could improve pregnancy outcomes and the health of the child and mother throughout life. Each year, NICHD hosts a
meeting to bring researchers from the placenta field and other fields together to discuss recent advances in the HPP.
Details about studies in the areas of preconception care and prenatal care, pregnancy complications, and labor and delivery follow below.
NICHD seeks to increase awareness about the importance of the preconception and prenatal periods for promoting a healthy pregnancy and the best outcomes for mothers and babies. Areas of investigation include:
To achieve its goals for research on pregnancy and related disorders, NICHD supports a variety of programs, networks, and centers. A number of examples are included below.
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