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Alison Stuebe, MD
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Alison Stuebe, MD

Associate Professor
Department of Maternal and Child Health
Distinguished Scholar in Infant and Young Child Feeding
Department of Maternal and Child Health
Associate Professor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • 3010 Old Clinic Building
  • CB #7516
  • Chapel Hill 27599
  • USA

Dr. Stuebe is a distinguished scholar in infant and young child feeding in the Department of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is also a maternal-fetal medicine subspecialist and associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UNC School of Medicine.

Dr. Stuebe's research focuses on the health of mothers and infants in the first year of life, with an emphasis on the intersection of infant feeding and perinatal mood. She currently leads the Mood, Mother and Infant study, an NIH-funded longitudinal study of the role of oxytocin and HPA axis dysregulation in postpartum depression and insecure attachment. She is also PI of the Care4Moms study, a mixed-methods project to develop new models for postpartum care for mothers of medically fragile infants. 

Dr. Stuebe's primary research informs development of policies and committee opinions for national organizations. She is a member of the board of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, and she serves on the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Expert Working Groups on Breastfeeding and on Maternal Mental Health. 

In the clinical arena, she is a board-certified Maternal Fetal Medicine physician and Medical Director of Lactation Services for UNC Health Care, leading an interdisciplinary team and directing the Breastfeeding Medicine Consult Service. She teaches in the Mary Rose Tully Lactation Training Initiative and presents at conferences internationally and throughout the US.

Honors and Awards

Talent Identification Progarm Distinguished Alumae Award

2017, Duke University

Award of Research Excellence

2016, Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Jefferson Pilot Faculty Scholar

2013, University of North Carolina, School of Medicine

Research Activities

Principal Investigator, Care4Moms

Co-Investigator, Cocaine and Maternal Behavior: Effects on Trajectory of Infant Brain Development

Co-Investigator, Coordinating Center, Hispanic Community Health Study / Study of Latinos


Service Activities

2017- Present   Maternal Mental Health Working Group

2017- Present   Chair, Task Force on Reinventing the Postpartum Visit

2017 - Present   President-Elect, Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

2017 - Present   Board of Directors

2017 - Present   Health Policy and Advocacy Committee

2016- Present   Clinical Document Review Panel

2015- Present  Appointments, Promotions and Tenure Committee

2015 - Present   Co-chair, Postpartum Safety Bundle Work Group

2015- Present   Breastfeeding Expert Working Group

2009 - Present   Communications Committee

2009 - Present   Chair, Communications Committee, Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

Practice Activities

Patterns of opiate prescribing following cesarean birth. Presented at the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX, February 2018.

Pregnancy independently impacts long term maternal cardiovascular function. Presented at the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX, February 2018.

The effect of lactation on long-term cardiovascular function. Presented at the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX, February 2018.

Using electronic medical record data to quantify racial and ethnic differences in pain management following cesarean birth. Presented at the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX, February 2018.

Perinatal mood disorders and hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis dysregulation. Presented at the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX, February 2018.

Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy among Mothers of Medically Fragile Infants, 2018.

Driving Time as a Structural Barrier to Quality Prenatal Care, 2018.

Lactation Safety Recommendation And Reliability Update In 10 Medication Resources From 2007-2017. Presented at the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine 22nd Annual International Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2017.

How Healthcare Providers and Payers Can Enable Breastfeeding: The Role of Law and Policy. Presented at the American Public Health Association 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo, Atlanta, GA, November 2017.

Establishing the 4th Trimester. Presented at the American Public Health Association 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo, Atlanta, GA, November 2017.

Suboptimal Breastfeeding in The United States: Maternal and Pediatric Health Outcomes and Costs. Presented at the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA, November 2017.

Disparities in Breastfeeding: Impact on Maternal and Child Health Outcomes and Costs. Presented at the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA, November 2017.

Lactation Quantitative Sensory Testing (L-QST) in Persistent Breastfeeding Pain.  Presented at the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA, November 2017.

An online Calculator To Estimate The Impact Of Changes in Breastfeeding Rates on Population Health and Costs.  Presented at the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA, November 2017.

Postnatal Unit Experiences of Mothers in The United States, by Cesarean Section or Vaginal Childbirth.  Presented at the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA, November 2017.

"Perinatal mood, antidepressant use and oxytocin during infant feeding." Presented at the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA, November 2017.

"Childhood trauma history, breastfeeding and postpartum depression."  Presented at the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA, November 2017.


Key Publications

Adverse life events, psychiatric history, and biological predictors of postpartum depression in an ethnically diverse sample of postpartum women. J Guintivano, P Sullivan, A Stuebe, T Penders, J Thorp, D Rubinow, S Meltzer-Brody (2018). Psychological medicine, 48(7), 1190-1200.

Quantitative Sensory Testing, Antihistamines, and Beta-Blockers for Management of Persistent Breast Pain: A Case Series. A Muddana, D Asbill, M Jerath, A Stuebe (2018). Breastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.

Quantitative Sensory Testing, Antihistamines, and Beta-Blockers for Management of Persistent Breast Pain: A Case Series. A Muddana, D Asbill, M Jerath, A Stuebe (2018). Breastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.

Quantitative Sensory Testing, Antihistamines, and Beta-Blockers for Management of Persistent Breast Pain: A Case Series. A Muddana, D Asbill, M Jerath, A Stuebe (2018). Breastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.

The Hispanic Paradox: Socioeconomic Factors and Race/Ethnicity in Breastfeeding Outcomes. K Fryer, H Santos, C Pedersen, A Stuebe (2018). Breastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, 13(3), 174-180.

The Hispanic Paradox: Socioeconomic Factors and Race/Ethnicity in Breastfeeding Outcomes. K Fryer, H Santos, C Pedersen, A Stuebe (2018). Breastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, 13(3), 174-180.

The Hispanic Paradox: Socioeconomic Factors and Race/Ethnicity in Breastfeeding Outcomes. K Fryer, H Santos, C Pedersen, A Stuebe (2018). Breastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, 13(3), 174-180.

The Hispanic Paradox: Socioeconomic Factors and Race/Ethnicity in Breastfeeding Outcomes. K Fryer, H Santos, C Pedersen, A Stuebe (2018). Breastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, 13(3), 174-180.

Maternal obesity, fish intake, and recurrent spontaneous preterm birth. M Smid, A Stuebe, T Manuck, S Sen (2018). The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians.

The Association of Metabolic Dysfunction with Breastfeeding Outcomes in Gestational Diabetes. A Glover, D Berry, T Schwartz, A Stuebe (2018). American journal of perinatology.

Contraception and Breastfeeding at 4 Months Postpartum Among Women Intending to Breastfeed. A Goulding, K Wouk, A Stuebe (2018). Breastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, 13(1), 75-80.

The fourth trimester: a critical transition period with unmet maternal health needs. K Tully, A Stuebe, S Verbiest (2017). American journal of obstetrics and gynecology, 217(1), 37-41.

Education

MSc, Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston MA, 2008

Fellowship, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston MA, 2008

Residency, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Brigham and Women's/Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA, 2005

2001, Medicine, Washington University, School of Medicine, St. Louis MO, 2001

BS, Biology, Duke University, Durham NC, 1995

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