2009-07-16 / Local & State

First Baby Study Seeks Volunteers At Hershey

Areyou expecting your first baby? Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine researchers - in cooperation with six other hospitals - are conducting the First Baby Study, looking at women's health during and after their first delivery. Volunteers are invited to help researchers understand how women's health before having their first baby affects their health and life after they have their baby. This research is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

The First Baby Study is a telephone interview study. Participants will be interviewed eight times over the course of three years; each interview will take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete. Although the first interview does not take place until women are at least 34weeks into their pregnancy (but before they go into labor), pregnant women are welcome to sign up at any point.

The second interview occurs one month after the birth of their baby and the remaining six interviews are scheduled at six month intervals: six, 12, 18, 24, 30, and 36 weeks. Participants will be asked about their lifestyle, pregnancy, delivery experiences, new baby, health, work and their new family.

Compensation is provided after each interview.

Participation requires signing a consent form and an authorization form, which will allow researchers to view both the participant's and the baby's birth related medical records. All information is kept confidential. Participants must be 18-35 years old, pregnant with their first baby, and be carrying only one baby.

The principal investigator for this study is Kristen Kjerulff, Ph.D.

To learn more, call study coordinator Diana Velott at 717- 531-7661 or toll free 866-254-4287.

This research study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board, under federal regulations, at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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