Help us help newborn babies: Participate in a study on newborn weight loss

If you plan to deliver your baby at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, we’re excited to welcome the newest member of your family. We deliver more babies than any other hospital in Oregon – more than 5,600 a year. We’re constantly looking to improve the excellent care we provide our moms and newborn babies.

We’re conducting a research study to help Providence St. Vincent – and other hospitals around the country – better understand, monitor and measure the way newborn weight loss is managed in the first few days of life.

We’d like your help, and we appreciate your consideration.

How much newborn weight loss is normal?

It’s common for babies to lose weight in the first few days of life. Once you and your baby go home, your care provider will monitor this weight loss and track the numbers as your baby’s weight begins to increase again.

Our research focuses on two questions:

  1. How much newborn weight loss is normal in the first few days of life?
  2. What causes the weight loss?

Studies indicate some of this weight loss could be due to necessary IV fluids given to the baby’s mother before delivery. As a result, newborns may be born with extra fluid, which they lose after they are born.

Our study will help determine if there indeed is a relationship between fluids given to a mother in labor and newborn weight loss.

Advantages of this research study

We hope to use the results of this study to support exclusive breast-feeding without the addition of formula feeding for newborn weight loss.

This could help your baby, as well as babies born throughout Oregon, the U.S. and the world. Participating in the study also means you and your newborn get extra attention while you’re here!

There are no risks to you or your newborn, and you can choose to stop participating in the study at any time. If you choose not to participate, you will receive the same excellent care we provide to all of our families.

This study is not associated with your provider or your provider’s office.

Who is eligible?

You may participate in the study if you are:

  • Delivering your newborn at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
  • At least 18 years old
  • Fluent in English
  • Not covered by Kaiser Permanente insurance
  • Pregnant with only one baby
  • At least 37 weeks pregnant at delivery
  • Planning to breast-feed
  • Not currently breast-feeding
  • Discharged home at the same time as your newborn

You will not be able to participate in the study if you or your newborn receive care in any area of the hospital other than labor and delivery or postpartum within 72 hours after delivery or if your newborn:

  • Will be fed formula exclusively
  • Receives IV antibiotics
  • Requires a urine sample to be collected and sent to the lab

What’s involved in this research?

If you agree, we’ll ask you to:

  • Sign a consent form allowing researchers to have limited information about your delivery. All data collected is completely confi dential and covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA), as well as strict research practices.
  • Fill out a short questionnaire.
  • Place your newborn’s diapers in a bag provided by nurse researchers while you’re in the hospital. Researchers will collect the bag daily.
  • Allow staff to weigh your newborn twice a day while you’re in the hospital.
  • Ensure we can get a final weight on your newborn. This means keeping your follow-up appointment if you’re discharged home before your newborn is 3 days old.

How can you help?

Please contact our research nurses if you’d like to participate or if you have questions:
Voicemail: 503-216-3499
Email: newborn.research@providence.org