Cohort: Recruitment of the cohort is completed with about 3,300 Alberta mothers and their babies. Mothers were recruited early in pregnancy.
Births: The first baby was born in August 2008, and the last was born in July 2011.
Original Research Objectives:
1. To understand women's pregnancy experiences
2. To predict preterm birth
Questionnaire content below.
Biological Samples (N~1,800)
Time frame: The follow-up is scheduled to take place between 2011/12 (when children will be one years old) and 2015/16 (when children enter school).
Data to be collected: At each data collection point, women will complete questionnaires about child development, psychosocial health and parenting, and resource utilization (health services and other resources). Women will receive gift certificates for completing questionnaires and reminder phone calls if a questionnaire has not been returned.
Maintaining involvement: To keep women engaged in the study between questionnaires, we will distribute newsletters and greeting cards. This allows us to keep track of participants over time.
Linked studies: Existing biologic samples allow for research of mechanisms of the developmental origins of childhood and adult health.
Recruitment: Effective methods to recruit a population-based sample of pregnant women (see article)
Flu Vaccines: Rates and predictors of H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines among pregnant women (see article)
Mother's Mental Health: Screening for postpartum depression in the prenatal period (see abstract on p.40)
Other Areas: Advice and weight gain in pregnancy; factors associated with paediatric vaccinations; prenatal care, mental health, and breastfeeding