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Perinatal Research and Wellness Center


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~1 in 14

women smoked
during pregnancy
in the United States

~1 in 5

women smoked
during pregnancy
in Kentucky


infant born with NAS
every 15 minutes
in the United States


babies born prematurely
each week in the United States


babies born prematurely
each week in Kentucky


cost associated with preterm birth
in the United States

Our Mission

The Perinatal Research and Wellness Center is dedicated to improving maternal and infant health among vulnerable populations through translational research and innovative programs.

Our Purpose

The purpose of the center is multifaceted and includes using translational research to inform women, providers, and policymakers about current perinatal issues; empowering women to optimize health through positive behavioral change; and creating and tailoring innovative programs for vulnerable families to improve maternal and child health, all while developing the next generation of perinatal researchers.




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