206799 Reproductive health and the National Children's Study

Monday, November 9, 2009: 10:35 AM

Wendy Hellerstedt, MPH, PhD , School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Patricia M. McGovern, PhD, MPH , Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Nancy M. Nachreiner, PhD, MPH , Reg Inj Prev Res Center/Center Violence Prev and Control, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Sarah Keim, MS , National Institutes of Child Health, Rockville, MD
Background: The National Children's Study (NCS) will be one of the largest and most comprehensive health studies ever conducted in the U.S. It will examine the environmental, biologic, behavioral, and genetic correlates of pregnancy outcomes and the health and development of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

Methods: The NCS is an observational study that will be conducted in 105 U.S. locations. Enrollment of a representative sample of 100,000 women and their offspring began in January 2009. Maternal data will be collected throughout pregnancy, beginning in the first trimester, and in the postpartum period. The offspring will be followed from fetal life to 21 years of age.

Implications: There are many unknown correlates of reproductive health behaviors and conditions. The NCS will identify the environmental, social, and health-care factors that contribute to women meeting their reproductive goals. Given its large sample size, and the comprehensiveness of data collection, the NCS will: (1) describe the social and environmental challenges and resources of pregnant women; (2) provide population-level estimates of women at risk for pregnancy; (3) examine the contraceptive histories and romantic relationship patterns of pregnant women; (4) identify the general health, health care access and quality, behaviors, social supports, environmental exposures, employment patterns, and mobility of pregnant women; (5) provide prospective data on environmental exposures and sexual maturation of the offspring; and (6) describe the environmental, social, and behavioral antecedents of sexual health behaviors and reproductive conditions among the offspring.

Learning Objectives:
Describe the aims of the National Children's Study Explain how study findings can further understanding about reproductive health

Keywords: Pregnancy, Reproductive Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: co-PI of the study, PhD-level epidemiologist
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.