A Research Study for Mothers of Premature Babies

Why are we doing this research?

Cincinnati Children’s is conducting a research study to determine if there is a pattern in some families of mothers giving birth prematurely, and if so, to explore a possible genetic link.

Who can participate?

Women who have given birth to a premature baby (more than one month before their due date) or who are at risk for giving birth prematurely may be eligible to participate.


  • Adult Studies
  • Pregnancy
  • Healthy Adults
  • Premature Babies


  • Female

What will happen in the study?

You may be asked to provide a one-time saliva sample, blood and urine samples. Permission may be requested to obtain a cord blood sample (blood from the baby’s umbilical cord) from cord blood obtained at the time of delivery.  A detailed list of procedures will be provided to women interested in learning more about this study.                           

What are the good things that can happen from this research?

You will not receive a direct benefit from participating in this study. However, the information learned from this study may help researchers to discover ways to better prevent premature births in the future.

Will I get all the facts about the study?

You will be given a consent form that thoroughly explains all of the details of the study.  The form covers all of the procedures, the risks, the benefits, the pay, whom to contact with questions or concerns, and more.  A member of the study staff will review the consent form with you and will be sure that all of your questions are answered.  

What are the bad things that can happen from this research?

The risks or discomforts associated with this study are very minimal.  Potential risks and discomforts will be reviewed and discussed with those women interested in learning more about this study. 

Will you/your child be paid to be in this research study?

Participants will receive between $50 and $100 for their time.  


Contact Us.To take a survey to see if you are eligible for this study, go to www.cincinnatichildrens.org/fetalstudy.

or contact

Dr. Louis Muglia

Study Doctor

Contact Us.Louis Muglia, MD
Center for Prevention of Preterm Birth
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center