Share your story

We would love to hear from you! If you would like to submit a blog post (up to 500 words) about your experience in the 4th Trimester and what support you would most like to see implemented, please email a word document to 4thTrimester@unc.edu Please indicate if you would like us to share your story with your name or anonymously.

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Center for Maternal and Infant Health Spring 2017 newsletter

Please see the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health Spring 2017 newsletter

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#MCHChat

The 4th Trimester Project partnered with the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health, the March of Dimes, and other public health organizations to participate in the #MCHChat to discuss maternal preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum needs on Twitter on May 16, 2017. The storify transcript is available here.

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Connection

Those interested in following efforts to better enable optimal postpartum health outcomes may follow the team on Facebook  and Twitter @4thTriProject.

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Dr. Kristin Tully quoted by Quartz

Kristin Tully says there’s a “definite lack of preparation for the fourth trimester—and the maternity unit is not the place for women to learn.” Dr. Tully says their project’s goal is to “improve what information is provided and when, and how support is provided.” For starters, she says mothers need to “be given a summary of thresholds and ranges for what pain level and symptoms are normal in the postpartum period and who to contact for each issue.”

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Drs. Alison Stuebe and Kristin Tully quoted by Vox

“In an ideal world women would get home visits or their family members would get paid leave to attend to them,” says 4th Trimester Project Investigator Dr. Alison Stuebe. “If we’re not going to have that, we need some touchpoint from the health care system to replace that village that is no longer part of our culture.”

4th Trimester Investigator Dr. Kristin Tully adds that women’s emotional health is a crucial part of intersectional postpartum needs.

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Dr. Sarah Verbiest quoted by CNN

“The significant differences in how babies are getting a start in life speak to larger issues, such as health care access, that need to be dealt with by our society,” says 4th Trimester Project’s Dr. Sarah Verbiest. “All of our sweet babies and families should get to have the best start.”

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ZERO TO THREE Journal

Drs. Sarah Verbiest, Kristin Tully, and Alison Stuebe published “Promoting maternal health in the 4th trimester” in the ZERO TO THREE Journal.

“Health care providers may not recognize or encourage close contact with infants, nor view infant behavior as shaping the health and well-being of parents. The concept of the 4th trimester moves the conversation forward from treating mothers and infants as separate individuals to considering them as mutually regulating dyads.”

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American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Drs. Kristin Tully, Alison Stuebe, and Sarah Verbiest published “The fourth trimester: a critical transition period with unmet maternal health needs” in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Investigators

4th Trimester Project Investigators in June 2017

Drs. Ben Goodman, Alison Stuebe, Kristin Tully (Bethany), and Sarah Verbiest

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