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!