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UNC now offers multiple research studies for pregnant and postpartum mothers.

Research Studies for Pregnant Women

Sleep and Bright Light Therapy for Depression in Pregnancy Research Study

Our team is seeking pregnant volunteers (between the ages of 18 and 40) who are experiencing symptoms of depression for a research study investigating whether bright light and sleep therapy can reduce/prevent postpartum depression.

For more information, please contact:

Jamie Steed at (919)-962-4798

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Baby Brain Development Research Study

Help us learn more about early development of baby brain & behavior


UNC researchers are looking for pregnant women for a research study of mothers and babies from 2nd trimester of pregnancy to 1 year after baby is born


We will study 3 groups of babies (Based on their mothers’ use of substances during pregnancy):

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


*****All information collected is confidential*****


Earn up to $695 for full participation


Participation includes:

  • Remote visits for mom in 2nd & 3rd trimesters of pregnancy, and during the year after baby is born
  • Interviews, questionnaires & screenings for substance use for mom
  • Baby brain imaging (MRI) of sleeping baby’s brain
  • MRI is a safe way to get brain images with NO radiation, X-ray or sedation
  • We follow strict safety requirements, including use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), physical distancing, wellness checks for staff and participants, and thorough disinfecting before and after study visits


Free Parking or transportation to UNC for study visits


If interested, please contact UNC Mother Infant Research Studies:


UNC Biomedical IRB, IRB Study Number: 17-3136, Approved 10/11/2021