Drug- and alcohol-related death rates among pregnant and recently pregnant American women increased sharply between 2015 and 2019, faster than among women of childbearing age in general, new research shows. “We need to broaden our view and look beyond complications of childbirth and pregnancy to fully understand the threats to recently pregnant women’s lives,” says…Read More
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) supports research on maternal health and pregnancy outcomes, with the goal of preventing and treating pregnancy-related complications and reducing maternal mortality.
In the United States, Black-white disparities in maternal mortality—deaths related to pregnancy or childbirth—may be larger than previously reported, new research shows. Closing the gap involves addressing structural racism—that is, those aspects of social, political, economic, and health care systems that reinforce inequity, researchers say. Because pregnancy is riskier to women’s health than abortion, state…Read More
The NICHD Decoding Maternal Morbidity Data Challenge has launched! NICHD is seeking innovative approaches to secondary analyses of data collected from the Nulliparous Pregnancy Outcomes Study: Monitoring Mothers-to-be (nuMoM2b). Using fresh and unique methods of computational analysis, data mining, or learning approaches, Challenge innovators can help identify factors and interventions that can reduce maternal morbidity and severe maternal morbidity….Read More
Racism-related stress may help explain why Black women in the United States are over 50% more likely to deliver a premature baby than white women. Just over 14% of Black women have premature births compared with 9% of white women.1 These stark racial disparities have been documented for more than a century, reports Catherine Cubbin…Read More
Maternal mortality rates have increased in the United States. The purpose of this virtual workshop, co-sponsored by NICHD, is to develop a research agenda targeted at the clinical causes of maternal morbidity and mortality. An interdisciplinary team of experts will address the question of why women die from these conditions (e.g. postpartum hemorrhage, hypertension, cardiovascular…Read More
NIH published a request for information (RFI) to solicit input on a proposed research initiative to decrease maternal mortality. In strategic alignment with efforts undertaken across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and NIH’s already significant investments in maternal mortality research, NIH is considering the proposed two-pronged research initiative in pursuit of cutting-edge,…Read More