The National Children's Study, which began last January, is actively seeking out women willing to open their lives to researchers from before their child's birth through their 21st birthday. During that period, researchers will "collect and analyze her vaginal fluid, toenail clippings, breast milk and other things, and ask about everything from possible drug use to depression. At the birth, specimen collectors would scoop up her placenta and even her baby’s first feces for scientific posterity."
Throughout the study, researchers will visit participants and continue collecting fluids and data as they seek out regional differences and the role of environmental and chemical factors on health and disease, such as asthma and autism. Far behind their goal of signing up 250 families each year, the study is currently seeking out volunteers in select communities throughout the country.
Would you participate?