July 8, 2018 Doctoral student Anna Austin led a study predicting which children are at risk for intervention by child protective services agencies. Risk factors include the mother's marital status, educational and socio-economic levels, and whether she had experienced initimate partner violence in the year prior to the child's birth. Photo by Petras Gagilas.
Maternal and Child Health Research
May 31, 2018 Dr. Alison Stuebe led a revised opinion on postpartum care from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) that establishes a “fourth trimester” of comprehensive care for new mothers.
May 30, 2018 In a new commentary led by a student at the Gillings School, several experts review the legal construct of ‘obstetric violence,’ which currently is being used in Latin America to confront mistreatment of women during childbirth.
March 28, 2018 UNC Gillings' Dr. Kristin Tully and collaborators are working to have side-car bassinets, specifically designed for mother-infant dyads, available for the U.S. market by 2020.
Study finds association of childhood abuse, neglect with misuse of prescription opioids in early adulthood
March 4, 2018 A new study by Gillings School investigators examines the association of childhood abuse and neglect with prescription opioid misuse in early adulthood-- and the role of pain and depressive symptoms in adolescence in this association. Doctoral student Anna Austin and Dr. Meghan Shanahan are study co-authors.
February 28, 2018 Dr. Dilshad Jaff is co-author of a study that reports on Syrian refugees' need for palliative care services.
February 2, 2018 Dr. Dilshad Jaff has analyzed the problem of road traffic accidents in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and proposes strategies to diminish the financial and human toll associated with that public health challenge. His commentary appears in the Middle East Journal of Family Medicine.
January 26, 2018 Two researchers from the Gillings School contributed to a recently published book, “Breastfeeding: New Anthropological Approaches,” which is the first edited volume on anthropology and breastfeeding published in more than 20 years.
January 26, 2018 Three researchers linked with the Gillings School’s Department of Maternal and Child Health co-authored the Journal of Human Lactation’s most-read article of 2017. Their systematic review examined Step 3 of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, an outline for maternity practices that serves as the foundation for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.
Speizer to lead $4M Gates Foundation grant to evaluate contraceptive method choices for youth in Africa, Asia
December 4, 2017 Dr. Ilene Speizer is principal investigator for a 4-year, $4 million Gates Foundation grant to inform programs and policies to expand contraceptive method choices for youth ages 15-24 in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Photo by Frerieke.