NIH launches project to collect data on pregnancy, maternal care

NIH announced the launch of a crowdsourced research project Nov. 1 aimed at improving healthcare providers' understanding of pregnancy.

To do this, NIH rolled out a free, confidential website called PregSource, where women ages 18 and older can take online surveys to share information about their pregnancy experience and their post-childbirth health. NIH will collect data on weight, sleep, mood, morning sickness and exercise during pregnancy. Women can also use PregSource as a reference for information on pregnancy, childbirth and child development.

"We designed PregSource to help build participants' own knowledge about pregnancy and the many forms and phases that motherhood may take," PregSource Principal Investigator Caroline Signore, MD, said in a press release. "At the same time, information shared by participants will enable research that can help mothers and babies in the future."

NIH said it will not sell participant information to advertisers, and data will be de-identified before use by researchers.


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