Mode of First Delivery and Subsequent Child-bearing (ICPSR 35924)

Principal Investigator(s): Kjerulff, Kristen H., Pennsylvania State University. Hershey Medical Center


This study collects interview data from women before and after their first childbirth, comparing those who have vaginal deliveries to those who have Cesarean sections. A diverse sample of 2,790 women is interviewed pre-delivery on their childbearing desires and intentions, and labor and delivery information are collected as well. Then, these women are followed for three years with assessments at 1, 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, and 36 months after their first delivery.

Access Notes

Study Description


This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (5R01HD052990)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    birth, mothers, pregnancy, reproductive history, women

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Data Collection Notes:

NICHD funded the PRIMARY DATA COLLECTION of this project.

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