The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units (MFMU) Network was created in 1986 to conduct clinical research studies in obstetrics and perinatal medicine. The Network consists of a number of major academic clinical centers, a data coordinating center, and the Institute itself. The research) studies, principally randomized trials but also observational studies, are aimed at reducing maternal, fetal and infant morbidity related to preterm birth, fetal growth abnormalities and maternal complications and to provide the rationale for evidence-based, cost- effective, obstetric practice. The data coordinating center is a criticaly important part of this collaborative effort. The overall purpose of the coordinating center is to mal of the proposed research to public health is clear and direct. The results of the MFMU Network's studies can benefit potentially pregnant women and their children worldwide, by finding methods to screen for problems in pregnancy, treatments that for pregnant women that improve their and their children's health, and especially finding treatments that can help lessen the problem of babies being born too early.
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of the proposed research to public health is clear and direct. The results of the MFMU Network's studies can benefit potentially pregnant women and their children worldwide, by finding methods to screen for problems in pregnancy, treatments that for pregnant women that improve their and their children's health, and especially finding treatments that can help lessen the problem of babies being born too early.
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