During the 12 weeks after childbirth, mothers must recover from pregnancy and childbirth, navigate plunging hormones, fatigue and learn to care for a newborn, including breastfeeding. Despite the critical role of this period for maternal and infant well being, little is known about what clinical health outcomes matter to new mothers. We don’t know what services could most benefit patients nor what clinical support is most effective to meet their needs. The purpose of our proposed project is to bring together a broad coalition of stakeholders around the care of mothers and infants during the 4th Trimester, defined as the period from childbirth through 12 weeks postpartum. This group will include health care professionals, community leaders, researchers, and mothers. To our knowledge, no study has identified patient-centered outcomes in this period or prioritized topics for comparative effectiveness studies. Lack of understanding leaves mothers at risk for a host of clinical concerns, including unmet breastfeeding goals, untreated perinatal mood disorders, unsafe infant sleep practices, and forgoing appropriate contraception to prevent rapid repeat pregnancy. Funds from this project will support two major conferences and study in between to develop a patient-centered research agenda to improve care for new mothers during this sensitive period of time.
|Effective start/end date||9/1/15 → 8/31/17|
- Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Delivery of Health Care