Participate in the Pregnancy Project: What's Involved?

To be eligible to participate, you need to be pregnant, 18 years of age or older, and a member of Kaiser Permanente in the Northern California region. There are three steps to participate:

  • Review and sign a consent form. The consent form explains the details about participating in the Pregnancy Project. You will receive information about the Pregnancy Project and the Pregnancy Project Consent Form during one of your first prenatal appointments.
  • Provide two blood samples. During two of your regularly scheduled prenatal blood tests, you will give additional small samples to be used in the research study. This adds less than a minute to your regular lab visit and doesn’t require any additional needle sticks.
  • Take a health survey. This survey asks about information on your health, your environment, and health-related behaviors that may affect a person’s health (such as smoking and diet).

After you complete these steps, information you provide will be combined with information from your Kaiser Permanente electronic medical record. Then, this information will be joined with information from thousands of other Kaiser Permanente members who have chosen to participate in the Pregnancy Project. All this information will be stored securely and will not be part of your medical record. Scientists will use this information to study how interactions between genes and the environment affect health.

If you have any further questions, please go to our FAQ or contact us