Poll: Should Researching the Relationship between the Environment and Maternal Health be a Priority?

August 21, 2012

President-elect of ACOG, Jeanne Conry, MD,advocates for more awareness of and research into how environmental factors prior to conception influence the health of mother and baby, and said, “In medicine we often don't pay attention to environmental research." Is she right?

President-elect of ACOG, Jeanne Conry, MD, was recently awarded the 2012 Environmental Justice Award for Children’s Environmental Health by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for her research into the relationship between environmental toxins and reproductive health. She advocates for more awareness of and research into how environmental factors prior to conception influence the health of mother and baby, and said, “In medicine we often don't pay attention to environmental research."

For example, one study by the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability looked at births from 1990 to 2003 of women residing in Southern California. Researchers discovered that mothers exposed to high levels of air pollution during pregnancy were at higher risk of adverse birth outcomes, including preterm delivery, low birth weight, and children with congenital heart defects.

 

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