Welcome to the Mother & Child Health Initiative!

Welcome to the Mother & Child Health Initiative!

A healthy start to a baby’s life begins with a healthy pregnancy. The Mother & Child Health Initiative aims to improve the diagnosis and monitoring of pregnant individuals with medical concerns. Our main objective is to establish a comprehensive database of healthy reference standards (normal range) for blood tests in pregnant individuals. This initiative is designed to fill gaps that currently exist to improve the care of both mother and child.

What is a reference standard?

A reference standard is a range of blood test result values that inform doctors what should be observed in a healthy population. By comparing a set of blood test results to a reference standard, physicians can more accurately identify and diagnose medical concerns. Most reference standards used to interpret blood test results in pregnancy are based on non-pregnant adults. Our initiative seeks to address this gap.

A healthy start to a baby’s life begins with a healthy pregnancy. The Mother & Child Health Initiative aims to improve the diagnosis and monitoring of pregnant individuals with medical concerns. Our main objective is to establish a comprehensive database of healthy reference standards (normal range) for blood tests in pregnant individuals. This initiative is designed to fill gaps that currently exist to improve the care of both mother and child.

What is a reference standard?

A reference standard is a range of blood test result values that inform doctors what should be observed in a healthy population. By comparing a set of blood test results to a reference standard, physicians can more accurately identify and diagnose medical concerns. Unfortunately, most reference standards used to interpret blood test results in pregnancy are based on non-pregnant adults. Our initiative seeks to address this gap!

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How can you help?

Healthy pregnant individuals aged 18 to 40 years are invited to participate. Participation involves:

  • Informed consent

  • Completion of a health questionnaire

  • Donation of a small blood sample

Interested in learning more? Visit the links below!

Participants
Community Partners & Volunteers
Researchers