Wallace Center Publications

September 19, 2023

Exploring Language Used in Posts on r/birthcontrol: Case Study Using Data From Reddit Posts and Natural Language Processing to Advance Contraception Research

New study from Betsy Pleasants, Julia Ryan, Dr. Cassondra Marshall, and Dr. Ndola Prata finds people commonly wrote about contraceptive side effects and experiences using methods on r/birthcontrol, highlighting the value of r/birthcontrol as a space to post about aspects of contraceptive use that are not well addressed by clinical contraceptive counseling. 

Read the full study here. 

July 12, 2023

Association between maternity care practitioner type and postpartum depression screening

New study from the Wallace Center's Dr. Kim Harley finds that even perfectly implemented universal postpartum screening will miss a vulnerable sector of the population that is at high risk for postpartum depression and is less likely to return for postpartum care.

Read the full study here

May 4, 2023

“An extra layer of pressure to be my best self”: Healthcare provider perspectives on how doulas foster accountability and bridge gaps in pregnancy-related care

This study found that providers perceived doulas to bridge gaps in care for pregnant and birthing people by providing services, such as continuous labor support, that are not realistic for clinicians to provide.

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March 9, 2023

Quality of prenatal and postpartum telehealth visits during COVID-19 and preferences for future care

The new study reflected the importance of offering appointment options that match patient preferences, especially populations that face barriers in access to care, and to explore ways to personalize care and support positive patient-provider relationships.

Read the full study here.

March 9, 2023

Association of Lifetime Exposure to Glyphosate and Aminomethylphosphonic Acid (AMPA) with Liver Inflammation and Metabolic Syndrome at Young Adulthood: Findings from the CHAMACOS Study

A new study finds observed associations of glyphosate or AMPA exposure during childhood with liver inflammation and metabolic syndrome at young adulthood and agricultural glyphosate use during the prenatal period and/or childhood (from birth to age 5 years old) was associated with metabolic syndrome at 18 years old.

Read the full study here.

February 7, 2023

Experiences of Preconception Counseling among Pregnant Women with Preexisting Diabetes: Opportunities to Improve Patient-Centered Care

Available research suggests that patients with diabetes do not regularly receive preconception counseling, but information on patients’ experiences of counseling is scant. The new study conducted a qualitative study involving semi-structured interviews with 22 patients. 

Read the full article here.

October 24, 2022

Use of Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Practicing Maternal-Fetal Medicine Clinicians

A new study from Dr. Sylvia Guendelman looks at use of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic among practicing maternal-fetal medicine clinicians. The new study highlighted the limited existing knowledge about the drivers of telehealth use among obstetricians during COVID-19 in the United States.

You can find the full study here.

June 16, 2022

Association Between Distance to an Abortion Facility and Abortion or Pregnancy Outcome Among a Prospective Cohort of People Seeking Abortion Online

The study found that people living 50 or more miles from an abortion facility were more likely to be pregnant four weeks later. This study suggests that travel distance to a safe and effective abortion may be an important barrier to abortion access for people in the U.S.