What happens when you join the BABIES Project:
There are several components to the study that help us to learn about infant development and families. These include several interviews and questionnaires for mothers about themselves, their children, and their family, as well as two MRI scans with each infant while he or she is sleeping and several structured mother-infant interaction activities at our lab.
During the pregnancy session of the study, we will conduct interviews and questionnaires, collect a hormone by taking a small sample of hair from the back of your head, and have you complete some computer tasks.
During the newborn assessment, we will conduct an MRI scan with your child while you complete additional questionnaires. We will also obtain another hair sample, and gently run a swab on the inside of your baby's cheek to collect DNA.
During the first of two 6-month sessions, we will ask you and your infant to complete several activities together, and will conduct further interviews with you. During that session, we will also collect saliva samples from your baby several times using a small cotton tube, and collect hair samples from both you and your baby.
Then, we will ask you and your baby come back several weeks later for the second 6-month session, which will consist of another MRI scan for your baby while you completes some activities on a computer and further questionnaires.
We will also ask that your family complete an at-home activity when your baby is 6 months old. This activity involves placing a recording device on your baby to wear on two separate days to measure your baby's auditory environment.
Confidentiality Statement: All information collected from and about you will be maintained in secure locked files and on a secure computer database. Your name will not be used directly in conjunction with any information collected, and all information will be recorded under an arbitrary ID number. Only the protocol director and appropriate research staff will have access to the document linking your name with the ID number. The results of this research may be presented at scientific or medical meetings or published in scientific journals. Any data that may be published in scientific journals will not reveal the identity of the subjects. Patient information may be provided to Federal and regulatory agencies as required. When the study is complete, the saliva samples will be destroyed. It is possible, based on the information you disclose, that the investigators may think you are at risk to harm yourself (e.g., from severe depression) or others or that there is a current risk of child abuse. In that case, the investigators may be obligated to take appropriate action, including admitting you to a hospital if you are at risk to harm yourself and reporting information, including your name, to the appropriate authorities under California law if you are at risk to harm another or disclose information of a risk of current child abuse.
For the pregnancy session, we will ask you to come into our lab for an interview and some activities. When your child is born, we will invite you to the lab to complete some questionnaires and conduct an MRI scan with your child. When your child is 6 months old, we will invite you both back to complete two additional sessions, and ask that you complete an at-home activity.