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Over the past 50 years, NICHD research has expanded fundamental knowledge of the processes that underlie reproduction and fertility and has helped to improve health, with a focus on maternal health, pregnancy, fetal well-being, labor and delivery, and infant health.
Looking to the Future
As we look to the future, we seek to better understand the basic mechanisms of pregnancy, fetal development, and birth outcomes, with the ultimate goal of decreasing the life-long impact of pregnancy on women, enhancing the prospects of a healthy pregnancy for women with disabilities, improving birth outcomes, and reducing health disparities for both mothers and infants.