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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4th Trimester Project Investigators in June 2017

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

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Stakeholder meeting

A Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) 4th Trimester Project engagement meeting was held at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC on June 2, 2017.

Fifty stakeholders attended, including 15 mom partners, clinicians, health department staff, home visiting nurses, implementation scientists, and researchers. The focus of the day was next steps in measuring the maternal transition through the 4th Trimester and developing research proposals to test ways that the US health care system can better serve families.

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Please see our Fall 2016 newsletter!


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Participate in CGBI online survey!

The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute is seeking participants for the maternity care experiences and infant side-car bassinet survey. Please share your thoughts and share this research opportunity widely!

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(L) image courtesy of Nadia Samperio, Photographer.

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4th Trimester Project 2016 Engagement Meeting on YouTube


Patient partners and stakeholders gathered for 4th Trimester Project Unmet Health Needs Engagement Meeting, held in Chapel Hill, NC on March 23, 2016. Watch presentations from stakeholders on our YouTube channel.

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4th Trimester Project poster


The 4th Trimester Project team recently presented this poster, which provides an overview of the issues currently being discussed among the stakeholders.

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4th Trimester Project featured in Every Woman Southeast newsletter


The 4th Trimester Project is featured in the September 2016 Every Woman Southeast newsletter

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4th Trimester co-investigator Kristin Tully awarded funding for infant side-car bassinet project

August 30, 2016

Dr. Kristin Tully

Dr. Kristin Tully

Kristin Tully, PhD, of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI), has been recognized with the Improving Human Health Award, presented by the North Carolina Translational & Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Tully is a research associate in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She also is the project manager of two federally funded research studies on infant sleep development (through the Center for Developmental Science) and a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Engagement Award on unmet maternal health needs (through the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health and CGBI).

Tully received the award in support of a project that will design and develop infant side-car bassinets for use in United States hospital postnatal units.

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