Help us learn how baby brain and behavior develop during the first year of life. We are interested in if and how that growth is influenced by substance exposures during pregnancy, and also by early life experience. **All information collected is confidential** Earn up to $420 for full participation.


UNC Researchers are recruiting pregnant women for a research study of mothers and babies from 3rd trimester of pregnancy to 1 year after baby is born.

We will study 3 groups of babies. These groups are based on their mothers’ use of substances any time during pregnancy:

1. Mothers who used cocaine during pregnancy (alone or with other substances).
2. Mothers who used other substances but did not use cocaine during pregnancy. These substances may include tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, opiates, or others.
3. Mothers who did not use any tobacco, alcohol, opiates, or illegal substances during pregnancy.

***All information collected is confidential***

Participation includes:

  • Visit for Mom in 3rd trimester of pregnancy
  • Brain Imaging (MRI) of sleeping infant’s brain
    • MRI is a safe way to get brain images with NO radiation or X-ray
    • No sedation or separation from your infant is necessary.
  • Interviews, questionnaires & substance use screenings for mom
  • Lab visits for mom and baby

Earn up to $420 for full participation

Free Parking or transportation to UNC for study visits

If interested, please contact:

UNC Mother Infant Research Studies
Phone: 919-843-3419