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Maternal and Infant Health Publications

The following is a list of recent maternal and infant health related publications authored by CDC's Division of Reproductive Health. These publications are only a few of the scientific and technical materials available. We recommend that you review abstracts of our reports and other publications by using the resources of the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service. PubMed is a searchable database that provides abstracts of biomedical articles and reports. You also may be able to obtain full text articles (some services may require subscriptions to view full text articles). If you are seeking less technical information, please use the National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus, which offers a wide range of information on diseases, disorders, treatments, drugs, and preventive services.

Infant Morbidity and Mortality

Lasswell SM, Barfield WD, Rochat RW, Blackmon L. Perinatal regionalization for very low birthweight and very preterm infants: a meta-analysis. JAMA. 2010;304:992–1000.

Ferre C, Handler A, Hsia J, Barfield W, Collins, JW Jr. Changing trends in low birth weight rates among non-Hispanic black infants in the United States, 1991–2004. Matern Child Health J. 2011;15:29–41.

Wingo PA, Smith RA, Tevendale HD, Ferre C. Recent changes in the trends of teen birth rates, 1981–2006. J Adoles Health. 2011;48:281–288

Dietz PM, England LJ, Shapiro-Mendoza CK, Tong VT, Farr S, Callaghan WM. Infant morbidity and mortality attributable to prenatal smoking in the United States. Am J Prev Med. 2010;39(1):45–52.


See also SIDS and SUID Publications

Preterm Birth

Abe KM, Shapiro-Mendoza CK, Kim SY, Chu S, et. al. Late preterm and risk of developing asthma. J Pediatr. 2010;157(1):74–78. [Epub 2010]

Shapiro-Mendoza CK. Infants born late preterm: epidemiology, trends, and morbidity risk. NeoReviews. 2009;10(6):e287–e294. 

Shapiro-Mendoza CK, Tomashek KM, Kotelchuck M, Barfield W, Nannini A, Weiss J, Declercq E. Effect of late preterm birth and maternal medical conditions on newborn morbidity risk. Pediatrics. 2008;121:e223–e232.

Qin C, Dietz PM, England L, Martin JA, Callaghan WM. Effects of different data editing methods on trends in race-specific preterm delivery rates, United States, 1990–2002. Ped Perinat Epidemiol. 2007;21(suppl. 2):41–49.

Tomashek KM, Shapiro-Mendoza CK, Davidorf MJ, Petrini JR. Differences in mortality between late-preterm and term singleton infants in the United States, 1995–2002. J Pediatr. 2007;151:450–456.

Callaghan WM, MacDorman MF, Rasmussen SA, Qin C, Lackritz EM. The contribution of preterm birth to infant mortality in the United States. Pediatrics. 2006;118:1566–1573.

Gestational Diabetes Mellitus, Nutrition, Weight

Kim SY, England L, Wilson H, Bish C, Satten G, Dietz PM.  Fraction of gestational diabetes mellitus attributable to overweight and obesity in 7 PRAMS states. Am J Public Health. 2010;100(6):1047–1052.

Chu SY, Abe K, Hall LR, Kim SY, Njoroge T, Qin C. Gestational diabetes mellitus: all Asians are not alike. Prev Med. 2009;49(2–3):265–268.

Chu SY, D'Angelo DV. Gestational weight gain among U.S. women who deliver twins, 2001–2006. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2009;200(4):390.e1–6.

Chu SY, Callaghan WM, Bish CL, D'Angelo D. Gestational weight gain by body mass index among U.S. women delivering live births, 2004–2005: fueling future obesity. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2009;200(3):271.e1–7. Epub 2009 Jan 10.

Dietz PM, Callaghan WM, Sharma AJ. High pregnancy weight gain and risk of excessive fetal growth. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2009;201(1):51.e1–6.

Bish CL, Chu SY, Shapiro-Mendoza CK, Sharma AJ, Blanck HM. Trying to lose or maintain weight during pregnancy—United States, 2003. Matern Child Health J. 2009;13(2):286–292.

Chu SY, Kim SY, Bish CL. Prepregnancy obesity in the United States, 2004–2005. Matern Child Health J. 2008;doi 10.1007/s 10995-008-0388-3.

Chu SY, Bachman DJ, Callaghan WM, Whitlock EP, Dietz PM, Berg CJ, O’Keefe-Rosetti M, Bruce C, Hornbrook MC. Increased health care utilization associated with obesity during pregnancy. New Engl J Med. 2008;358:1444–1453.

Chu SY, Kim SY, Schmid CH, Dietz PM, Callaghan WM, Lau J, Curtis KM. Maternal obesity and risk of cesarean delivery: a meta-analysis. Obesity Reviews. 2007;8:385–394.

Chu SY, Kim SY, Lau J, Schmid CH, Dietz PM, Callaghan WM, Curtis KM. Maternal obesity and risk of stillbirth—a meta-analysis. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2007;197:223–228.

Chu SY, Callaghan WM, Kim SY, Schmid CH, Lau J, England LJ, Dietz PM. Maternal obesity and risk of gestational diabetes mellitus: a meta-analysis. Diabetes Care. 2007;30:2070–2076.


England L, Kim SY, Tomar S, Gupta P, Ray C, et al., Non-cigarette tobacco use among women and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Acta Obst Gynecol Scand. 2010;89(4):454–464.

Bloch M, Tong V, Novotny T, England L, Dietz P, Kim SY, Samet J, Tolosa JE. Tobacco use and second smoke exposure among pregnant women in low-and middle-income countries: a call to action. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2010;89(4):418–422.

Kim SY, England L, Dietz PM, Morrow B, Perham-Hester K. Patterns of tobacco use before, during, and after pregnancy among Alaska Native and white women in Alaska, 2000–2003. Matern Child Health J. 2010;14(3):365–372.

Kim SY, England L, Kendrick J, Dietz PM, Callaghan WM. The contribution of clinic-based interventions to reduce prenatal smoking prevalence among U.S. women. Am J Public Health. 2009;99(5):893–898.

Kim SY, England L, Dietz PM, Morrow B, Perham-Hester K. Prenatal cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco use during pregnancy among Alaska Native women and white women in Alaska, 1996–2003. Matern Child Health J. 2009;13(5):652–659.

Maternal Morbidity and Mortality

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ectopic Pregnancy Mortality—Florida, 2009–2010. Source: MMWR 2012;61(06);106–109

Barfield WD, Barradas DT, Manning SE, Kotelchuck M, Shapiro-Mendoza C. Sickle cell disease and pregnancy outcomes: women of African descent. Am J Prev Med. 2010; 38(4S):S542–S549.

Creanga AA, Shapiro-Mendoza CK, Bish CL, Zane S, Berg C, Callaghan W. Trends in ectopic pregnancy mortality in the United States: 1980–2007. Obstet Gynecol. 2011;117(4):837–843.

Berg C, Callaghan W, Syverson C, Henderson, Z. Pregnancy related mortality in the United States, 1998–2005. Obstet Gynecol. 2010;116(6):1302–1309.

Callaghan WM, Kuklina EV, Berg CJ. Trends in postpartum hemorrhage: United States, 1994–2006. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2010;202:353.e1–6.

Ho CS, Bhatnagar J, Cohen AL, Hacker JK, Zane SB, Reagan S, Fischer M, Shieh WJ, Guarner J, Ahmad S, Zaki SR, McDonald C. Undiagnosed cases of fatal clostridium-associated toxic shock in Californian women of childbearing age. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2009;201:459.e1–7.

Berg CJ, Mackay AP, Qin C, Callaghan WM. Overview of maternal morbidity during hospitalization for labor and delivery in the United States: 1993–1997 and 2001–2005. Obstet Gynecol. 2009;113(5):1075–1081.

Kuklina EV, Ayala C, Callaghan WM. Hypertensive disorders and severe obstetric morbidity in the United States. Obstet Gynecol. 2009;113(6):1299–1306.

Bruce CF, Berg, CJ, Hornbrook MC, Whitlock EP, Callaghan WM, Bachman DJ, Gold R, Dietz PM. Maternal morbidity rates in a managed care population. Obstet Gynecol. 2008;111:1089–1095.

Callaghan WM, MacKay AP, Berg CJ. Identification of severe maternal morbidity during delivery hospitalizations, United States, 1991–2003. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2008;199:133.e1-133.e8.

Berg CJ, Harper MA, Atkinson SM, Bell EA, Brown HL, Hage ML, Mitra AG, Moise KJ, Callaghan WM. The preventability of pregnancy-related deaths: results of a state-wide review. Obstet Gynecol. 2005;106:1228–1234.

Flu and Pregnancy

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Pregnant Women—29 States and New York City, 2009–2010 Season. Source: MMWR 2012;61(07);113–118.

Callaghan WM, Chu SY, Jamieson DJ. Deaths from seasonal influenza among pregnant women in the United States, 1998–2005. Obstet Gynecol. 2010 May;115(5):919–923.

Creanga AA, Johnson TF, Graitcer SB, Hartman LK, Al-Samarrai T, Schwarz AG, Chu SY, Sackoff JE, Jamieson DJ, Fine AD, Shapiro-Mendoza CK, Jones LE, Uyeki TM, Balter S, Bish  CL, Finelli L, Honein MA. Severity of 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus infection in pregnant women. Obstet Gynecol. 2010;115(4):717–726.

Creanga AA, Kamimoto L, Newsome K,  D’Mello T, Jamieson D, Zotti M, Arnold K,  Baumbach J, Bennett N, Blythe D, Farley M, Gershman K, Kirschke D, Lynfield R, Reingold A, Schaffner W, Thomas A, Zansky S, Finelli L, Honein M. Seasonal and pandemic 2009 influenza A virus infection during pregnancy: a population-based study of hospitalized cases. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2011;204(6suppl1):S38–45. Epub 2011.

Creanga AA. Transplacental transmission of influenza: what do you know? Indian J Med Sci. 2010;64(12):529–531.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) in pregnant women requiring intensive care—New York City, 2009. MMWR 26;59(11):321–326. Reprinted in JAMA. 303(17):1688–1690.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Receipt of influenza vaccine during pregnancy among women with live births—Georgia and Rhode Island, 2004–2007. MMWR 2009;58(35):972–975.


Meites E, Zane S, Gould C. Fatal Clostridium sordellii infections following medical abortions. N Engl J Med. 2010;363(14):1382–1383.

Abortion Surveillance Reports

Other Maternal and Infant Health Research

Ferre C, Jones L, Norris K, Boisseau M. Creating Healthy African American Families. Ethn Dis. 2010;20(suppl 2).

Kahn EB, Berg CJ, Callaghan WM. Cesarean delivery among women with low-risk pregnancies: a comparison of birth certificates and hospital discharge data. Obstet Gynecol. 2009;113(1):33–40.

Dietz PM, Williams SB, Callaghan WM, Bachman DJ, Whitlock EP, Hornbrook MC. Clinically identified maternal depression before, during, and after pregnancies ending in live births. Am J Psychiatry. 2007;164:1515–1520.

Callaghan WM, Rasmussen SA, Jamieson DJ, Ventura SJ, Farr SL, Sutton PD, et al. Health concerns of women and infants in times of natural disasters: Lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina. Mat Child Health J. 2007;11:307–311.

Callaghan WM, Schieve LA, Dietz PM. Gestational age estimates from singleton births conceived using assisted reproductive technology. Ped Perinat Epidemiol. 2007;21(suppl 2):79–85.

Dietz PM, England L, Callaghan WM, Pearl M, Wier ML, Kharrazi M. A comparison of LMP-based and ultrasound-based estimates of gestational age using linked California live birth and prenatal screening records. Ped Perinat Epidemiol. 2007;21(suppl 2):62–71.

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