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Would You Participate in the National Children's Study?

Would You Participate in the National Children's Study?

Would you allow the government to follow you and your unborn child's every move for 21 years in the name of science? The government is hoping that some 100,000 pregnant women will make themselves available as it studies the effects of environmental influences on health and development.

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?

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MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
What in the world do they need vaginal fluid and toenail clippings for lol? I don't think id mind participating in studies as long as they aren't the poke and prod kind, or anything that seperates you and your child.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
Agree with skigurl. I'll pass.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
no i definitely wouldn't...i am all about helping students and the like in the name of research but this kind of longitudinal study seems like a disruption of my life...no thanks
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
My twin brother and I are already part of a longitudinal twin study about cognitive development. It's really interesting! If I could ever get pregnant again (which won't happen, I got my tubes done), I'd definitely sign up and do my part for science.
SugarKat SugarKat 7 years
I would participate. It seems invasive to your life a little, but I will be interested in the results regardless...
kia kia 7 years
I would totally participate but I thought they were looking for people in their 1st trimesters, I am in my 2nd already. There is a study site near me (by maybe about 35 miles) but there is no contact info for it on their website, just the name of the university.
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