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The Study


We are studying how daily hassles and bigger stressors affect mothers and their babies during pregnancy and after the babies are born. We are interested in how stress affects thoughts and feelings as well as how stress affects the body.


If you have an infant under 6 months old, and you are between the ages of 18 and 34, we’d love to talk to you to see if you are eligible to participate!

What will you do?
  • Visit one of our offices when your baby is 4-6 months old, and when your child is 2 ½ and 4 years old.

  • Answer online surveys when your baby is 9 months old and then every 3 months after that.

  • Office visits involve answering questions about your life stresses, your health, and your relationship with your baby/child. You will also do some activities by yourself and with your child.

  • You receive money for each visit and each online survey you complete.

  • You can earn up to $675 in cash if you complete all study activities.

Research Team
  • This study is a collaboration between Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.

  • It has been approved by both universities’ Institutional Review Boards.

  • Funding for the study comes from the National Institute of Health.

  • If you’re interested in learning more, please use the contact information below, and we will tell you all the details about the study. There is no obligation to participate if you contact us.

Michigan State University

contact information if you live in the greater Lansing area:

Study Phone: 517-432-2300

Study Email:

Investigator: Alytia Levendosky, PhD

Investigator: Anne Bogat, PhD

Investigator: Joe Lonstein, PhD

Study Manager: Jewelian Fairchild, BS

University of Michigan

contact information if you live in the Ann Arbor or Detroit area:

Study Phone: 734-926-5205

Investigator: Maria Muzik, MD, MS

Study Manager: Olivia Oates BA

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