ISU seeks pregnant women for new study

By Greg Eichelberger
For the Journal

POCATELLO – Local women expecting children are being asked to participate in a unique new study in an effort to find out more about their daily lives, including some of the struggles and blessings that go along with giving birth in modern day America.

The Idaho State University Idaho Mom Study is seeking 60-80 pregnant women in their third trimester to examine their experiences during pregnancy and how they may relate to the growth and behavior of their infants.

This research will have the potential to inform prenatal education and interventions, leading to improvements in health for both mom and baby. The study’s title is “Idaho Mom Study: Infant Development and Healthy Outcomes in Mothers” and is directed by Nicki Aubuchon-Endsley.

Aubuchon-Endsley is an assistant professor of psychology at ISU and works within the Department of Psychology’s Perinatal Psychobiology Laboratory.

There are currently 12 graduate and undergraduate students at the school working with Aubuchon-Endsley on the project.

“We are hoping to identify certain experiences during pregnancy to improve the health of the child and the mother,” Aubuchon-Endsley said. “A woman’s experiences during pregnancy may impact her infant’s development as well as her adjustment into motherhood, making an understanding of this time period important.”

She added that the study will encompass pregnancy-related changes such as weight, body size, diet, mood, medical regimen and health in addition to experiences during childbirth. Researchers will follow up with participants and their infants six months after birth.

“It is designed to examine how participants’ experiences during pregnancy influence the growth and behavior of their babies,” Aubuchon-Endsley said.

The study was approved in February by the ISU Human Subjects Committee. And while there are only five women participating in the study now, Aubuchon-Endsley hopes more will sign up in the next few weeks.

“Such research is invaluable for the health and welfare of both mother and child,” Aubuchon-Endsley said.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older and fluent in English. Participants will receive up to $75 and students may receive one additional credit for each half hour of participation toward relevant ISU courses.

For more information call the Idaho Mom Study, (208) 380-1140 or email idahomom@isu.edu.

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