NIH Resources

Resources for the Public

  • NICHD
    NICHD’s mission is to lead research and training to understand human development, improve reproductive health, enhance the lives of children and adolescents, and optimize abilities for all.
    • Maternal Morbidity and Mortality A to Z Topic
      Maternal health is central to NICHD’s research mission. Setting the foundation for healthy pregnancies and lifelong wellness and advancing safe and effective therapeutics and devices for pregnant and lactating people are key themes in the institute’s strategic plan.
    • Moms’ Mental Health Matters (MMHM)
      MMHM provides information and resources to support mothers’ mental health during pregnancy and after birth, including a page on how to find help.
    • Pregnancy for Every Body
      Pregnancy for Every Body aims to help plus-size women have healthy pregnancies. The initiative provides information and resources, including a pregnancy action plan and tips for talking with healthcare providers.
    • PregSourceTM
      PregSourceTM is a research project that gathers information about pregnancy to help better understand the overall pregnancy experience. Women who join PregSourceTM can track their pregnancies, share their health information with providers, and see how their experiences may differ from those of other women, while also helping future moms-to-be.
  • Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)
    ORWH supports and works to strengthen research on women’s health topics. ORWH is committed to advancing the public’s understanding of the potential impact of pregnancy across the life course. In addition, ORWH promotes interdisciplinary research focused on the effects of sex and gender influences at the intersection of social determinants such as race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, education, health literacy, and urban/rural residence—in human health and illness through a program focused on understudied, underreported, and underrepresented populations of women (U3). This U3 program is especially critical in considering the social determinants of maternal health.
    • Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Web Portal
      Supported by the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), this extensive resource provides trustworthy, science-based information on healthy pregnancies, deliveries, and post-pregnancy experiences for scientists, researchers, consumers, and advocates. Among the resources available is the 2020 informational booklet, Maternal Morbidity and Mortality (PDF 1.14 MB), which provides a comprehensive overview of this effort.

Resources for Researchers

  • Consortium on Safe Labor
    The consortium explores the underlying causes of high cesarean rates in the United States and seeks to understand the most appropriate time to perform a cesarean delivery in women with labor protraction and arrest.
  • Data and Specimen Hub (DASH)
    DASH is a centralized resource that allows researchers to share and access de-identified data from studies funded by NICHD. DASH also serves as a portal for requesting biospecimens from selected DASH studies.
  • Global Network for Women's and Children's Health Research
    The Global Network supports and conducts clinical trials in resource-limited countries by pairing foreign and U.S. investigators, with the goal of evaluating low-cost, sustainable interventions to improve maternal and child health and simultaneously building local research capacity and infrastructure.
  • Human Placenta Project (HPP)
    HPP is a collaborative research effort to understand the role of the placenta in health and disease. HPP aims to develop new tools to study the placenta in real time to learn how it develops and functions throughout pregnancy.
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units (MFMU) Network
    The MFMU Network aims to reduce maternal, fetal, and infant morbidity related to preterm birth, fetal growth abnormalities, and maternal complications and to provide the rationale for evidence-based, cost-effective obstetric practice.
  • Nulliparous Pregnancy Outcomes Study: Monitoring Mothers-to-Be (nuMom2b)
    NuMoM2b was established in 2010 and has compiled data on a racially, ethnically, and geographically diverse sample of more than 10,000 women, beginning in the sixth week of pregnancy and continuing through delivery. The data were collected from interviews, questionnaires, clinical measurements, patient charts and biological specimens. NuMoM2b aims to identify pregnancy risks for women who have not given birth previously.
  • Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women (PRGLAC)
    21st Century Cures Act established PRGLAC to advise the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding gaps in knowledge and research on safe and effective therapies for pregnant women and nursing mothers.
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