Pre-eclampsia (PE) happens in pregnancy. It features new onset high blood pressure. It is a major cause of problems to the mother and unborn child. It can lead to health problems in mother and child in the future, which causes a public health problem. We do not know everything about it, but we think it starts in the placenta (the organ that nourishes the unborn child). At this time, we do not know who will get PE. We want to study the placenta, to learn more about the disease.
This study will evaluate a remote patient monitoring solution for low-risk pregnancies to assess whether or not it produces equivalent care with regards to clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction at a lower cost to the healthcare system and its participants. Furthermore, we will measure the ability of participants to collect and record the necessary data.
The purpose of this study is to look at the how the use of products that contain a certain chemical compound Docusate, commonly referred to as DOSS, may have on pregnant women and their babies. DOSS is used in many commercially available products, such as pesticides, personal care products, and laxatives. This study will focus on DOSS and the use of Colace which is a commonly prescribed stool softener used in pregnancy. This study will involve pregnant women who are being admitted into MUSC's Labor and Delivery unit.
Studies of CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care (GPNC), where individual physical assessments are combined with facilitated group education and peer support, have demonstrated promising results in reducing not only the overall rate of preterm birth before 37 weeks gestational age, but also the racial disparity in preterm birth. We propose a randomized controlled trial to compare rates of preterm birth among pregnant women who participate in GPNC, to women in the traditional individual prenatal care (IPNC). The sample size is large enough that we will also be able to evaluate the impact of GPNC on the racial disparities in the rates of preterm birth. We will also seek to understand the mechanism by which GPNC works to reduce rates of preterm birth, by measuring and comparing patient stress, activation and engagement Pregnant women women will be recruited before 20 weeks gestational age and will be followed to delivery and 6 weeks postpartum.
The purpose of this study is to study cells that are found in the cord blood of pregnant women to see if they might be helpful in treating certain types of infections. This type of research is still in the very early stage, so we will do this by taking some of the special cells found in cord blood and injecting them into mice and studying them.
The objective of this study is to obtain viable mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from umbilical cords in uncomplicated pregnancies. Potential donors will be screened prior to donation of umbilical cords to confirm no prevalent autoimmune disease or other viruses and/or diseases. The overall goal is to obtain MSCs from healthy donors for eventual transfusion into patients for the treatment of autoimmune disease, specifically systemic lupus erythematosus.
The purpose of this study is to compare body fat distribution in neonates exposed to antiretroviral (ARV) therapy for the prevention of maternal to child transmission (MTCT) of HIV versus ARV naive neonates born at a similar gestational age to HIV-negative women. As a secondary analysis, we will examine the differences in body fat distribution among ARV-exposed neonates comparing PI-exposed versus non-PI exposed.
The purpose of this study is to determine if exposure to certain chemicals by the mother affects the size of your baby’s genitals.
At the time of enrollment, a maternal urine sample will be collected and tested for bisphenol A and phthalate metabolites, organic compounds that can be found in your urine. This urine sample will be about 80 ml or 5 tablespoons. A blood sample will also be collected at enrollment. This blood sample will be about 30 ml or 2 tablespoons. There is very important information that can be gained by collecting your blood sample and you contribution to this study would be greatly appreciated. However, if you choose not to supply a blood sample, you can still participate in the other portions of the study. If you do not want to participate in the blood collection portion of the study, please notify the study staff. You will also be asked to complete a questionnaire that will allow Dr. Unal and the research staff to have a better idea of your everyday life and your contact with plastic. The questionnaire will be given to you by the study staff at the time of enrollment in the study.
Regardless of where you plan to deliver your baby, if it is determined that you are having a boy during your fetal anatomic ultrasound, we will measure the length and width of your baby's penis. The measurements will be taken using the high resolution picture created by the ultrasound. If it is determined that you are having a girl no measurements will be taken during the ultrasound.
During your scheduled office vist between 24 and 32 weeks gestation, you will be asked to provide a 2nd urine sample. This urine sample will be about 80 ml or 5 tablespoons.
If you plan to deliver at MUSC, then the following procedures will take place after delivery:
At the time of delivery appproximately 15 ml or 1 tablespoon of fetal cord blood will be collected; this does not involve a needle-stick to the baby as the blood is collected directly from the umbilical cord after the placenta is delivered. In addition, approximately 30 ml or 2 tablespoons (two extra tubes of blood) will be collected at the time of IV placement. This blood sample will not involve a needle-stick. Also at the time of delivery an additional maternal urine sample (about 80 ml or 5 tablespoons) will be taken. These samples will be stored for later analysis of bisphenol A, phthalate metabolites, and androgens, which are male hormones.
Genital measurements will also be taken of your baby.