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Study Description
       In 2003 the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) established the PASS Network to increase knowledge about how alcohol exposure affects the health of the mother and child and relates to SIDS, stillbirth, and FASD. It is hoped that this knowledge will help women, families, physicians and scientists find ways to improve pregnancy outcomes and infant health.

The Safe Passage Study will follow approximately 12,000 women from specific areas in the Northern Plains of the United States and the Western Cape of South Africa. The study staff visits with each participant at multiple times during her pregnancy and the child’s first year of life. At the study visits, the baby’s growth and physiology are measured and the mother is asked questions about her health, housing, smoking, alcohol use, drug use, current medications, previous pregnancies and life stressors.

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