Facteurs associés à la REproduction et à la Santé Maternelle a Long TerME (FEMME)


Natalie Dayan

Institut de recherche du Centre universitaire de santé McGill


Domaine : santé de la mère, des enfants et des adolescents

Programme Chercheurs-boursiers cliniciens - Junior 1

Concours 2018-2019

My research program studies women with medical complications of pregnancy. In the early part of my research career, my research program will concentrate on two themes:

Theme 1: Maternal Health After Fertility Therapy; and
Theme 2: Chronic Hypertension and Cardiovascular Risk In Women After Blood Pressure Problems in Pregnancy.

In Theme 1, I will calculate the risk of serious complications following fertility therapy using statistical tests. I will test whether a combination of factors like age, previous miscarriage, and type of infertility, or type of treatment may predict the health or non-health of pregnancy. This may be useful for fertility doctors and gynecologists who are counseling women before fertility therapy. Long-term, a user-friendly app might be developed to aid doctors in quickly computing risks.

In Theme 2, I will test whether a nurse-led program to improve breastfeeding in women who had preeclampsia will help to lower blood pressure 6 months after delivery. This is important because women who have had preeclampsia and related conditions have a much higher blood pressure measured months to years after delivery. Also, these women tend to have trouble breastfeeding. Studies have shown that breastfeeding can improve women's blood pressure and vascular health. We believe that an intervention led by nurses to improve breastfeeding will be feasible and helpful to these women.

Related work will evaluate why women who have had preeclampsia have more vascular disease than women who have had normal pregnancies.