The PEARL Study: PrEgnAncy ResiLience predicting factors that promote resilience to COVID-19

Study Information
Purpose of Study
The long-term goal of this research study is to identify pandemic-related maternal risk factors for adverse maternal mental health and neonatal outcomes. Our study will address this critical need in maternal and neonatal care to find associations among maternal stress, depression, cognition, and lifestyle to identify factors that promote risk or resilience for maternal and neonatal health outcomes during COVID-19. Our ultimate goal is to translate the identified factors into guidelines for community-based health practitioners and online health resources for pregnant women in order to improve maternal and neonatal health in these vulnerable populations who may be severely impacted by pandemic-related stress during COVID-19. Better understanding of prepartum and postpartum mental health, cognition, and lifestyle factors during the COVID-19 quarantine and neonatal outcomes (birth age[gestational age], birth weight, motor development, emotion regulation) will be key to promoting optimal outcomes for pregnant women who will continue to experience COVID-19-related stress and also for pregnant women who may experience pandemics in the future.
Associated Lab
The Developing Brain Lab
Principal Investigator: Dr Emma Duerden, PhD. Other Investigators: Dr. Michelle Mottola,, Dr. Sandrine De Raubipierre, Dr. Ryan Van Lieshout, Dr. Isabelle Giroux, Dr. Emily Nichols, Dr. Roberta Bgeginski, Main contact: Ms. Rachel Thorburn, BA
Benefits of Participating
The information collected from the study will identify factors (i.e., prenatal stress, maternal depression, nutrition, physical activity, sleep) that predict risk or resilience for maternal and neonatal health outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. This information can be used for public health campaigns directed towards pregnant women to promote healthy pregnancies during the COVID-19 pandemic, natural disasters, epidemics or future pandemics.
The first 100 participants will receive a $10 CAD Amazon gift card. Participants also have the choice to enter their email to be entered into a draw to win a $50 CAD gift card from Amazon for each of the two sessions with the possibility of winning both draws for a total of $100 (Canadian dollars)

  1. Pregnant
  2. 18 years of age or older
  3. Have internet access (Chrome or Firefox)
  4. Can be from any country

  1. None

What You'll Be Asked to Do:
Participants will be expected to answer a series of questions and play some cognitive games during their pregnancy, and again after they give birth. The questionnaires are about participant stress levels, nutrition, sleep, and demographics, and take about 20 minutes. For the questionnaires after birth, we will also ask some questions about the birth and the child's health. The cognitive games are short games to understand participant thinking strategies. They will take about 40 minutes to complete. In total, the study will take 2 hours. 1 hour is completed while the participant is pregnant, and 1 hour is completed after they give birth.

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