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Health Agencies Update
December 25, 2018

Studying the Impact of Disabilities on Pregnancy

JAMA. 2018;320(24):2520. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.20156

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will fund the collection of information from new mothers with disabilities to supplement an ongoing nationwide surveillance project of women before, during, and after pregnancy.

Despite estimates that more than 1 million US women of childbearing age have a disability, little is known about their pregnancy risks or experiences during or after pregnancy, according to Alison Cernich, PhD, director of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, part of the NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.