If you were pregnant during the wildfire and evacuation, researchers at the University of Alberta want to hear from you.
The goal of the “Fort McMurray Mommy Baby” study is to improve the health of pregnant women and their babies who experience the wildfire.
“We hope to recruit women who were evacuated and were pregnant. A third of them are still pregnant, many of the women have obviously delivered in the six months since the evacuation, we want them in our study, as well as pregnant women,” says Dr. David Olson, University of Alberta Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Dr. Olson tells Mix News another highly vulnerable group are women who became pregnant after re-entry.
He says they also want to find out how resilient the women of Fort McMurray are.
“We are concerned because other women who were pregnant in natural disasters are known to have a higher risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes. That means earlier deliveries or some with hyper-tension.”
Dr. Olson adds the total time for participating in the initial phase of the study is two-and-a-half hours over four days, which includes an online survey and a writing activity.
More information can be found on the study’s website.
– Photo courtesy of the University of Alberta’s website