Study spotlight: Maternal Microbiome LEGACY Project

In celebration of World Microbiome Day, The Maternal Microbiome LEGACY Project team is excited to share some study updates!

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The goal of the Maternal Microbiome LEGACY Project, being led by Dr. Deborah Money, is to help clarify the link between the vaginal microbiome, mode of the delivery (vaginal or caesarean section delivery), and the development of the infant gut microbiome.

We are excited to announce that in May 2019 we launched our third study site at Surrey Memorial Hospital, being led by Dr. Kirsten Grabowska. Our three study sites, BC Women’s Hospital (Vancouver), the University Hospital of Northern BC (Prince George), and Surrey Memorial Hospital (Surrey), are helping establish a study population which is more representative of the diverse population of British Columbia.

Since its launch in March 2018, the Maternal Microbiome LEGACY Project has recruited over 400 participants, and we are continuing to recruit to reach our goal of 920 women over the course of the study! This is a longitudinal study of women with term deliveries, with women and their infants being followed for 3 months after delivery. To participate, women should be pregnant with a single or twin pregnancy, over 19 years of age, and be registered for hospital or home delivery at one of our three study sites.

We thank the women who have participated so far and expressed interest in our study, and all of the nursing and clinical staff who have facilitated with in-hospital sample collection!

For more information, visit the study website, or follow @MaternalLegacy on Facebook and Twitter.

If you would like to participate, or would like further information on participating, please fill out this survey.

For general study inquiries, please email the Study Manager, Zahra Pakzad at zahra.pakzad@cw.bc.ca