Preconception Care and Prenatal Care: For Researchers and Health Care Providers
- At these links, you can find information about NICHD-sponsored research networks, studies, and projects related to prenatal care:
- The Maternal-Fetal Surgery Network was created in 2001 to investigate surgical treatment for nonlethal conditions, such as spina bifida. The NICHD Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch supports the network.
- The Reproductive Medicine Network, part of the NICHD Fertility and Infertility (FI) Branch, leads several current clinical trials to determine if medications for women with polycystic ovary syndrome can help them conceive and deliver a healthy infant.
- The Obstetric-Fetal Pharmacology Research Unit (OPRU) Network, part of the Obstetric & Pediatric Pharmacology Branch, provides the expert infrastructure needed to test therapeutic drugs during pregnancy. It allows researchers to conduct safe, technically sophisticated, and complex studies that will help clinicians protect women’s health, improve birth outcomes, and reduce infant mortality. The mission of the OPRU is to promote and facilitate cooperative multidisciplinary research to enhance the understanding of obstetric pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
- The Birth Defects Research Group is a multicenter, multidisciplinary group led by the NICHD to investigate the etiology of birth defects, particularly neural tube defects. It is supported by the NICHD’s Division of Intramural Population Health Research. The collaborating institutions are the NICHD, the National Human Genome Research Institute, the Health Research Board of Ireland, and the Department of Biochemistry, Trinity College, Dublin.
- NIH Consensus Development Conference: Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (March 4–6, 2013)
An unbiased, independent panel evaluated scientific data and prepared a consensus statement recommending continuation of the two-step process for the screening and diagnosis of gestational diabetes. Read the final panel report.
- American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
ACOG provides five publications that address prenatal care:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Show Your Love campaign
CDC recently launched a preconception health campaign called “Show Your Love” to increase the number of women who plan their pregnancies and engage in healthy behaviors before becoming pregnant.
- A Report of the CDC/ATSDR Preconception Care Work Group and the Select Panel on Preconception Care (2006)
This report provides recommendations to improve both preconception health and care. The goal of these recommendations is to improve the health of women and couples before they conceive a first or subsequent pregnancy.
Please note: Links to organizations and information included on this page do not indicate endorsement from the NICHD, NIH, or HHS.
Last Updated Date: 10/22/2013
Last Reviewed Date: 07/15/2013