NICHD Publications and Resources
- The NICHD supports research networks that aim to advance health care for women during pregnancy. These include:
- Scientific Vision Workshop on Pregnancy and Pregnancy Outcomes
This NICHD workshop was held in February 2011 to address the need for innovative and further research on pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes.
- Pregnancy in Women with Physical Disabilities
The NICHD sponsored this workshop in 2010 to review the current research on management of pregnancy in women with disabilities, identify key gaps in knowledge, and recommend future avenues of research.
Exploring the Role of Paternal Involvement
NICHD led this July 2012 workshop, part of its Health Disparities Seminar Series, to address prospective fathers' roles in pregnancy outcomes.
Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch (PPB)
PPB’s report to the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council, 2008 (PDF - 1.15 MB) provides a detailed review of the major activities of the Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch.
- Preconception Care Research: Improving Birth Outcomes and Reproductive Health Workshop
In 2008, the NICHD convened this workshop to create a plan of action surrounding preconception care research and its impact on the reproductive system and improving pregnancies and pregnancy outcomes.
National Child and Maternal Health Education Program (NCMHEP)
NCMHEP provides a forum for reviewing, translating, and disseminating new research on maternal and child health.
Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
AWHONN promotes the health of women and newborns and works to strengthen the nursing profession, providing education and resources for health professionals.
Strong Start Initiative
The Strong Start Initiative, announced in February 2012, aims to reduce the risk of significant complications and long-term health problems for expectant women and infants. This initiative is a joint effort between the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Administration on Children and Families, and nongovernmental groups devoted to the health of mothers and newborns.
Read the toolkit on the Strong Start Initiative.
Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
The MCHB of the Health Resources and Services Administration publishes Child Health USA, an annual report detailing the health status of America's children.
American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM)
ACNM is the professional association representing nurse-midwives and certified midwives. The ACNM site provides research and professional resources, advocacy efforts, and continuing education programs.
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
The ACOG publication
Making Obstetrics and Maternity Safer (MOMS) Maternity Care: By the Numbers (PDF - 105 KB) provides a detailed overview of maternal and infant health statistics, showing disparities in health behaviors, health care, and areas for improvement.
Health and Medicine Division (HMD) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
IOM Consensus Report on Prematurity: Causes, Consequences, and Prevention
details the public health impact of prematurity, identifying top priorities for prevention.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)
PRAMS is a pregnancy surveillance system that collects state-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and after pregnancy. The goal of PRAMS is to improve pregnancy health outcomes, especially reducing low birth weight, infant mortality and morbidity, and maternal morbidity and mortality.
Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM)
SMFM aims to advance obstetrical care as a means to improve pregnancy outcomes.
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Read more about medication safety during pregnancy at the
FDA Medicine and Pregnancy page. The
FDA’s Pregnancy Registries aim to help scientists and health care providers learn more about medication safety during pregnancy.
Please note: Links to organizations and information included on this page do not indicate endorsement from the NICHD, NIH, or HHS.