Why was I contacted?

We interview both mothers of healthy babies and mothers of babies with birth problems. We obtain minimal information on the baby’s health at birth (for example a discharge code) in order to invite their mother’s to participate in this important research.

Mothers whose babies don’t have birth problems are selected randomly from women who gave birth at each participating site.

How did you get my name or address?

We contact women in 5 different regions of the U.S. We obtain minimal information on a baby’s health at birth in order to invite their mother to participate in this important research.

Tennessee, Pennsylvania, California:
You were selected from a discharge list from a participating hospital in your state.

NY or MA:
You were selected from a list of recent births provided by the MA or NY Department of Public Health.

Will anyone see my answers to your questions?

All information you give us during the interview is kept confidential.
• We will never use your name or your child’s name in any report or publication.
• Information about you will not be shared with anyone outside the study, including insurance companies or government agencies.
• Records are kept under lock and key. Identifying information is removed. Computer files are password protected.

Where can I see the results of this study?

You can read a summarization of results in our newsletter. Additionally, a list of all publications using our data can be found here.

Why do you need a medical record release form?

Medical record review is the gold standard in research. We use medical records to confirm that we have the most complete and accurate information. If you have any reservations, you can write on the release form what specific information you want to release to us.

We prefer medical records on all subjects as it helps validate our research. If you are not comfortable with this, you can participate in the interview w/o providing a signed medical record release form.

Who can I contact if I have questions about the Pregnancy Health Interview Study?

Dawn Jacobs, R.N., M.P.H., Project Coordinator
(617) 206-6204


Participant Information:

(866) 896-1097 (toll free-bilingual English/Spanish line)