Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI)

Breastfeeding Exclusive June 2017 - 4th Trimester Project

A Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) 4th Trimester Project engagement meeting was held at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC on June 2, 2017.

June 2, 2017 – Full 4th Trimester group in Durham, NC

Fifty stakeholders attended, including 15 mom partners, clinicians, health department staff, home visiting nurses, implementation scientists, and researchers. The focus of the day was next steps in measuring the maternal transition through the 4th Trimester and developing research proposals to test ways that the US health care system can better serve families. The day included a presentation of the PCORI 4th Trimester Project by Dr. Kristin Tully, including the team’s recent publications in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Zero To Three Journal, while she was wearing her sleeping infant. The productive day was family-centered, with some guests of meeting attendees enjoying the Museum while other children played in the conference room.

4th Trimester investigators (back row, left to right): Drs. Ben Goodman, Alison Stuebe, Kristin Tully, and Sarah Verbiest (front row) Baby Bethany

The 4th Trimester Project partnered with the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health, the March of Dimes, and other public health organizations to participate in the #MCHChat to discuss maternal preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum needs on Twitter on May 16, 2017. The reach included over 194,000 accounts and 4.3 million impressions.The storify transcript is available here:

Dr. Kristin Tully was quoted in Quartz on ways to better support mothers. Those interested in following efforts to better enable optimal postpartum health outcomes may follow the team on Facebook and Twitter @4thTriProject. If you are interested in potential collaboration, please email