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SLeep & Mother-Baby Regulation


We finished recruitment Summer 2020
Thank you to all our families who participated!


The purpose of this study is to learn more about the risk factors that affect the emotional health of women during pregnancy and following childbirth. We want to understand how stressful childhood experiences and problems sleeping affect women’s immune systems and emotional health, as well as how well babies sleep.



This study involves 3 visits: 

30 weeks pregnant

You will complete an enrollment survey online and learn how to keep a sleep diary to track your sleep. After the discussing study procedures with one of our team members, you will fill out the sleep diary everyday for 4 days, which should take 15 minutes or less each time. We also might ask you to track you and your baby's sleep using devices that we provide. Our team would be looking at how your sleep diaries align with the data from the sleep tracking devices. 


6 weeks postpartum

At 6 weeks postpartum, you will complete a shorter follow-up survey online and have your blood drawn. At the visit, we will collect 12ml or about 2.5 teaspoons of blood drawn from your arm. We need to collect your blood because we are looking at levels of inflammation and immune function to understand the effects of stress on your body, which can affect your sleep, your mood, and your baby’s health.  

We will try to coordinate this visit with your follow-up appointment with your OB-GYN, or we will meet you at your home and have trained staff draw your blood. 

16 weeks postpartum​

You will complete another follow-up survey online, review the sleep diary protocol to track your sleep, and learn how to keep a sleep diary to track your baby's sleep.  Then, you will fill out the sleep diary for you and for your baby everyday for 4 days, which should take no more than 30 minutes each time. Additionally, we might have you track you and your baby's sleep with devices. 


  • We  Mother-Infant Dyads Enrolled 

  • We videotaped parents playing with their babies and now we are coding for xyz 


  1. Ciciolla, L., Addante, S., Quigley, A., Erato, G., Fields, K. (2022). Infant sleep and negative reactivity: The role of maternal adversity and perinatal sleep. Infant Behavior and Development, 66.

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