Our Maternal Substance Use Study is currently enrolling women who are pregnant or have recently delivered a healthy full-term infant, and used cocaine at any time during pregnancy, OR who used NO legal or illegal substances (including alcohol, opiates, methadone or suboxone) during pregnancy.
Participation in the Study Includes:
Three visits to UNC:
- First Visit at 2-4 weeks of age: A two-hour lab visit for mother and baby.
- Brain Imaging (MRI) of sleeping infant’s brain (Maximum 30 minutes, no sedation or radiation).
- Interview and questionnaires for mother after infant brain imaging.
- Infant cry recording (we will place baby on a scale for no more than 35 seconds and if your baby cries, we will record up to 30 seconds of infant crying).
- Participants receive up to $100 in gift cards for completion of First Visit.
- (Optional) Second and Third Visits at 12 weeks of age (for mothers who used cocaine during pregnancy only): Two three-hour lab visits for mother and baby, and at home monitoring of mother’s blood pressure.
- Mothers will have blood pressure and heart activity measured while completing activities including looking at pictures of babies, listening to recordings of baby sounds, and interacting with their own babies.
- Mothers will also provide urine, blood and saliva samples.
- Mothers will take home a portable blood pressure monitor to wear for the rest of the day (to be removed at bed time), and complete a short form when blood pressure readings are done.
- Babies will provide saliva samples, and a diaper insert will be used to collect baby urine.
- Participants receive up to $200 in gift cards for completion of Second and Third Visits and at home blood pressure monitoring.