About Pregnancy and Postpartum Health
Research studies in the pregnancy and postpartum category focus on health and wellbeing before, during, and after pregnancy. Common topics include physical and mental health, weight management, pain management, substance use disorders, and the immune system. Some research in this category may also involve children, such as studies that seek to better understand infant sleep or breastfeeding.
MyPaTH Story Booth – COVID-19 Stories
Participants are invited to share how they are maintaining their health during the coronavirus pandemic, or to share what it is like being ill with COVID-19 and/or caring for a loved one who is ill with COVID-19. Participation in this research study involves one 45-minute session that takes place over the phone. Eligible participants must be able to read and understand English.
Substance Use Coercion and IPV
Have you recently given birth? You may be eligible for a research study to learn more about the experiences of people who use marijuana or tobacco, and experienced partner violence during pregnancy. Compensation is provided.
Smartphone Blood Pressure Measurement - Pregnant/Postpartum Adults
Are you pregnant or postpartum? People who have high blood pressure are at greater risk for a stroke or heart attack. Getting your blood pressure checked regularly is an important part of staying healthy. You may be able to participate in a research study to help develop a smartphone blood pressure device. Compensation is provided.
Assessing patient perceptions and understandings of genetic testing after miscarriage
Have you experienced pregnancy loss? You may be eligible to participate in a research study to help us understand patient views and feelings about genetic testing after miscarriage.
Postpartum Wellness Scale
Have you had a baby in the last three months? You may be eligible for a research study to create an assessment tool that evaluates postpartum wellness. Compensation is provided.
The Post-CAP Research Study – Ages 18-49
Are you currently pregnant or had an abortion in the past 3 months? You may be eligible for a research study to understand “pregnancy acceptability”—that is, how women think and feel about pregnancy after they find out they are pregnant. Participation involves one audio-recorded interview with you over the phone, on Zoom, or in-person Compensation is provided.
PASC Research Study
Have you been pregnant in the last 3 years? Have you never been diagnosed with COVID? If so, you and your baby may be able to participate in a research study to understand the lasting effects of the COVID infection on pregnant people and their babies.
Are you 18 years of age or older and recently given birth to your first baby? You my be eligible for a research study to develop and refine a weight loss intervention for moms who recently gave birth. Compensation is provided.
All of Us Pennsylvania Research Program
All of Us wants at least one million people to join. Your participation can help shape the future of health for generations to come. People who join will share information. This might be about their health, habits, and what it’s like where they live. It might also be about family history and genes. By looking for patterns, researchers may learn more about what affects people’s health.
Are you a woman with epilepsy who is planning pregnancy? You may be eligible to participate in a research study that focuses on women with epilepsy during pregnancy. The purpose of this study is to learn more about anti-seizure medication blood level changes during pregnancy and the amount of exposure to the unborn child and nursing infant.
“Log on” Baby Development Research Study - Pregnant Women
Are you pregnant? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to help researchers understand how babies develop. Participation involves online video calls and online questionnaire completion in your home. You will be invited to participate with your child for 8 observation windows (30 minutes each), but you may complete fewer.
GO MOMs Study
Are you less than 14 weeks pregnant with one baby? You may be able to participate in a study to track blood sugar (glucose) levels in people during pregnancy. Eligible participants are pregnant with only one baby and do not have diabetes. Participation involves 4-5 visits and wearing a continuous glucose monitor for about 10 days. Compensation is provided.
Genomic Approaches to Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Study
Are you a woman between the ages of 18 and 37 who has experienced a pregnancy loss? You may be able to participate in a study that hopes to better understand the genetic basis of recurrent pregnancy loss.
Neuro Study for Pregnant Women in an Opioid Replacement Therapy Program
Are you currently pregnant and taking Subutex (Buprenorphine), Suboxone, or Methadone? You may be able to participate in a study to evaluate the effects of these medications on the fetal and newborn baby’s brain. There are four parts to this study, and you may choose to participate in one or more parts. Compensation is provided for all parts of the study.
Self-Advocacy and Improving Maternal Health of Pregnant Black Women
Are you a Black/African American woman who is 18-45 years old? Are you currently pregnant or have delivered a baby within the past six (6) months? You may be able to participate in a study on self-advocacy (speaking up for yourself) and maternal health. This study involves completing 2 surveys (20-30 minutes total). Compensation is provided.
The VWD-Woman Study
Do you have von Willebrand disease and are pregnant? You may be able to participate in a study to examine the effectiveness of two different approaches to reduce blood loss at delivery. Participation involves 5 visits over 8 weeks. Compensation is provided.
SLEEP Research Study – Pregnant Women
Are you less than 21 weeks pregnant? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to identify pregnant women with sleep apnea and to find out if using a CPAP machine can lower the risk of developing preeclampsia and gestational diabetes in pregnant women with sleep apnea. Participants must be overweight and/or snore at least 3 times a week. Compensation provided.
Q-PRONTO Research Study – Pregnant and on MAT
Are you in your third trimester of pregnancy (at least 28 weeks pregnant)? Are you currently on medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder? You may be able to participate in a study to evaluate third trimester and postpartum pain sensitivity in patients with and without history of opioid use. This study involves 2 visits lasting about 1 hour total. Compensation is provided.
MOMI Biobank (Magee Obstetric Maternal and Infant Biobank)
Are you a pregnant female aged 18-45 who is receiving care at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital? By joining the MOMI biobank and providing some of the biological samples collected during your prenatal care and at delivery, you may be able to create a healthier future for other mothers and their infants.
Are you in your first trimester of pregnancy? Are you planning to deliver at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital? You may be able to participate in an observational research study to help understand the factors that contribute to a healthy pregnancy. Study visits will overlap with your prenatal appointments, delivery, and postpartum care. Compensation is provided.
Are you pregnant with twins? Are you between 16-23 weeks pregnant and delivering at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to find out if the use of vaginal progesterone or a cervical pessary (a round, soft silicone device that goes around the cervix) can help prevent preterm birth. Compensation provided.
Brain Development in Unborn Children with CHD
Are you a pregnant woman in your 3rd trimester whose unborn child has been diagnosed with congenital heart disease (CHD)? If so, you and your baby may be able to participate in a research study to help understand brain development in children with CHD. Study involves MRI scans of your baby’s brain and monitoring of your child’s development. Compensation provided.
Pregnant Women with Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection
Are you pregnant and have you been diagnosed with hepatitis C? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to evaluate the use of an investigational medication during pregnancy. Eligible participants are less than 23 weeks pregnant, have had hepatitis C for at least 6 months, are HIV negative, and plan to deliver at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. Compensation provided.