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Pregnancy clinical trials at UC Health
8 in progress, 6 open to new patients

  • Correlating Probiotic Dietary Supplements During Pregnancy With Maternal Microbiome Profiles

    open to eligible females ages 18 years and up

    The overarching goal of this project is to compare the microbiome profiles of healthy pregnant women, both before and after the introduction of a probiotic supplement into the maternal diet. Specifically, the investigators are performing a pilot randomized double-blinded placebo-controlled trial, comparing the microbiome profiles of 40 healthy pregnant women randomized to receive an oral probiotic containing a mixture of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species (20 mothers) versus an oral placebo (20 mothers) during the first/second trimester of pregnancy. For each mother, the investigators will collect biospecimens from the vagina, rectum, and urine, both before intervention, and 4-6 weeks after intervention. These biospecimens will be analyzed to obtain their microbiome profiles using next-generation sequencing. The primary outcome of interest is the vaginal microbiome, with secondary outcomes including the microbiomes of the rectum and urine. Additionally, the investigators will collect clinical data from the mother's and infant's medical records to correlate our findings with pregnancy and postnatal outcomes.

    at UCSD

  • Effect of a Patient-Centered Decision App on TOLAC

    open to eligible females ages 18 years and up

    Cesarean delivery (CD) is the most common inpatient surgery in the US, accounting for nearly one third of births annually. In the last decade, the CD rate has increased by approximately 50%, with almost 1.3 million procedures performed in 2012 (Hamilton 2013). CDs have been associated with an increase in major maternal morbidity (Silver 2010), with corresponding increases in length of inpatient care following delivery and frequency of hospital readmission (Lydon-Rochelle 2000). Organizations including Healthy People, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the American College of Nurse Midwives have targeted reducing the CD rate as an important public health goal for more than a decade; however, identifying interventions to achieve this goal has proven challenging. Repeat CDs are a significant contributor to the increased cesarean rate, resulting from the combination of a rising rate of primary CD and a decreasing rate of vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), which declined from a high of 28.3% in 1996 (Guide 2010) to 9.2% in 2010 (Hamilton 2011). Why the VBAC rate has decreased so dramatically remains a subject of debate; the extent to which these changes are driven by patient preferences is not known. An NIH consensus conference statement noted that "the informed consent process for TOLAC and Elective Repeat Cesarean Delivery (ERCD) should be evidence-based, minimize bias, and incorporate a strong emphasis on the values and preferences of pregnant women," and recommended "interprofessional collaboration to refine, validate, and implement decision-making and risk assessment tools" to accomplish that goal (Cunningham 2010). Our group recently created a decision tool, which we refer to as the Prior CD App (PCDA), to help English- or Spanish-speaking TOLAC-eligible women delivering at hospitals that offer TOLAC consider individualized risk assessments, incorporate their values and preferences, and participate in a shared decision making process with their providers to make informed decisions about delivery approach. We are now conducting a randomized study of the effect of a Prior CD App on TOLAC and VBAC rates, as well as a number of aspects of decision quality.

    at UCSF

  • Maternal Emotions and Diet in Pregnancy

    open to eligible females ages 18-40

    This study seeks to understand how a mother's emotional state in pregnancy influences her biological response to food intake.

    at UC Irvine UCSF UC Davis

  • Medication Abortion Via Pharmacy Dispensing

    open to eligible females ages 15 years and up

    This mixed-methods study follows a prospective cohort of patients receiving Mifeprex ® (mifepristone) for medication abortion dispensed by pharmacists after undergoing standard clinical evaluation. Women participating in this study will obtain mifepristone and misoprostol from the pharmacy instead of in the clinic. To assess feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of pharmacy dispensing of mifepristone, the study will survey patients, evaluate their clinical outcomes from electronic health records, and survey and interview pharmacists at study sites.

    at UCSF UCSD UC Davis

  • Postpartum Care Timing: A Randomized Trial

    open to eligible females ages 18-50

    The purpose of this study is to determine if shortening the time to initial postpartum visit from six weeks to two weeks can improve clinic visit attendance and decrease usage of the emergency department.

    at UCLA

  • Stelara Pregnancy Exposure Registry OTIS Autoimmune Diseases in Pregnancy Project

    open to eligible females

    The purpose of the OTIS Autoimmune Diseases in Pregnancy Study is to monitor planned and unplanned pregnancies exposed to certain medications, to evaluate the possible teratogenic effect of these medications and to follow live born infants for one year after birth. With respect to fetal outcome, it is important to evaluate the spectrum of outcomes that may be relevant to a medication exposure during pregnancy, and these include both easily recognizable defects which are visible at birth, as well as more subtle or delayed defects that may not be readily identifiable without special expertise and observation beyond the newborn period.

    at UCSD

  • CALM for Pregnant and Post-Partum Women

    Sorry, currently not accepting new patients, but might later

    Anxiety and depression is common along pregnant mothers and has been found to increase risk for negative outcomes in both mothers and infants. These risks can include low infant birth weight, negative mother-infant interactions, and delayed developmental outcomes. Evidenced-based interventions to support pregnant women experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety are not well studied or widely available, particularly for low-income women of color. These women may not have access to the type of healthcare that would best support their needs and/or they may not be familiar with or trust clinicians who deliver mental health interventions. The current randomized-controlled trial (RCT) aims to address these gaps in the literature by testing the feasibility and efficacy of a doula-supported, computer-assisted delivery of a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) intervention designed to reduce pregnancy-related anxiety, depression, and prevent perinatal mood disorders. The 120 participants in the study (60 Black women and 60 Hispanic/Latina women) will be randomized to either receive the Coordinated Anxiety Learning and Management (CALM) intervention (n=60) or treatment as usual (n=60). Participants assigned to the intervention will complete 6-8 sessions of CALM with a language and ethnically/racially-matched doula who has been trained as a CALM specialist in order to increase participant comfort and reduce the stigma associated with mental health services. Women in both groups will complete assessments of their pregnancy-related anxiety, general anxiety, depressive symptoms, and satisfaction with treatment (CALM or treatment as usual) at baseline, 12-weeks post-baseline, and 10-weeks post-birth. It is hypothesized that women assigned to the CALM intervention will have significantly less anxiety and depressive symptoms post-treatment and post-partum compared to the women assigned to treatment as usual. The results of the current RCT will be used to test the efficacy of the CALM intervention for pregnant women or color and to inform efforts for potential future scalability.

    at UCLA UCSF

  • Medical Optimization of Management of Type 2 Diabetes Complicating Pregnancy (MOMPOD)

    Sorry, not currently recruiting here

    Purpose: The objective of this proposal is to study the safety and efficacy of metformin added to insulin for treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) among pregnant women. Participants: 1200 pregnant women with type 2 diabetes complicating pregnancy from 10 U.S. clinical centers Procedures (methods): Pregnant women with T2DM between 10 weeks and 20 weeks 6 days and a singleton fetus will be randomized to insulin/placebo versus insulin/metformin. Primary outcome is composite adverse neonatal outcome (clinically relevant hypoglycemia, birth trauma, hyperbilirubinemia, stillbirth/neonatal death). Study visits monthly at clinical visits; blood draw at 24-30 weeks. Maternal and infant outcomes will be chart abstracted.

    at UCSD

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