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e-Moms of Rochester

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e-Moms of Rochester

e-Moms of Rochester Logoe-Moms of Rochester is a joint study between the University of Rochester and Cornell University that is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development(NIH Grant Number: HL096760-2)

> About e-Moms of Rochester

e-Moms Roc is a study that uses a website and cell phones to help women in the greater Rochester area be healthy during and after pregnancy

Its a Rochester-based study that features local information and resources for pregnant women and new mothers.

A study that begins during pregnancy and continues through the first year and a half after delivery

What’s involved?

  • You will receive helpful information, tools and resources related to pregnancy, delivery and your new baby via the e-Moms Roc website and cell phone messages.
  • You will complete six surveys during the two-year period. These surveys will be completed online in early pregnancy, in late pregnancy, six-weeks after delivery, six-months after delivery, one year after delivery and eighteen-months after delivery.
  • We will review your medical records for information on your pregnancy and your baby’s delivery.

Why participate?

  • To get more information on how to be healthy during and after pregnancy.
  • To contribute to discoveries that help women and their families live healthier lives.
  • To receive up to $140 in gift cards as a thank you for your participation.

e-Moms Roc

> e-Moms of RochesterTeam.

>> Principal Investigators

Diana Fernandez
MD, MPH, PhD — Associate Professor, Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, University of Rochester

Diana is one of two Principal Investigators on e-Moms and leader of the University of Rochester research group. She is responsible for the conduct and scientific integrity of e-Moms of Rochester.

Christine M. Olson
PhD — Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University

Chris, one of the two Principal Investigators for e-Moms, is the leader of the Cornell-based group that is developing the electronic educational intervention and has been involved in all aspects of this endeavor. She is a nutritionist by training and is looking after the diet and nutrition components of the study, as well as, the online surveys.

>> Co-Investigators

Geri Gay
PhD — Professor, Department of Communication and Computer and Information Science, Cornell University

Geri is leading research on the use of mobile technologies to help women make better health-related decisions. Her lab at Cornell is designing and testing mobile phone apps to promote healthier choices. People in her lab are also examining the impact of social networks on health and wellness.

Susan Groth
PhD, RN, WHNP-BC — Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Rochester

Sue is a women’s health nurse practitioner and serves as a resource for the team. She is involved in the planning and organization of e-Moms. She is leading the genetic component of e-Moms.

Jeff Niederdeppe
PhD — Department of Communication, Cornell University

Jeff is a communications specialist and has provided guidance for the formative research* for the development of the electronic educational intervention, including refinement of theoretical models , focus group and interview protocol development, survey design, and the implementation of pilot tests for mobile and online tools to promote social support.

Rob Strawderman
PhD — Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Cornell University

Rob is the study’s statistical consultant. He provides statistical expertise and guidance on the study design and methods of analysis to be used in answering the primary and secondary research questions.

Loralei Thornburg
MD — Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Rochester

Lorelei is the obstetrics consultant on this study. Her role includes assuring the safety of study participants.

>> Statistician

Myla Strawderman
MS — Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University

Myla is a study statistician and primary data analyst. She will summarize the collected data in e-Moms of Rochester, as well as, assist the study investigators by carrying out data analyses that are designed to answer the primary and secondary research questions.

>> Study Coordinators

Jennifer Reschke
MS — Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, University of Rochester

Jennifer is the study coordinator for e-Moms of Rochester, which includes all aspects of recruitment and retention of study participants. She will manage day-to-day operations of recruitment including oversight of recruitment enrollers and act as the liaison to all practices and clinics that are participating in the study.

Meredith Graham
Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University

Meredith manages the electronic educational intervention (website, text and e-mail messages, and phone applications). She was the coordinator of the formative research and worked with Keriann and Jennifer to lead focus group discussions, conduct interviews and surveys, and run the pilot project of e-Moms Roc with women in the Rochester area.

>> Recruitment Enrollers
The primary responsibility of the health project enrollers is the recruitment of pregnant women into the e-Moms Roc study. Recruitment includes explaining the study, determining whether a participant is eligible to participate, and consenting participants. Enrollers act as contact persons for participants with questions regarding all aspects of the study.

Rebecca Horn
Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, University of Rochester

Becky is a health study enroller for e-Moms of Rochester and she is responsible for the recruitment of pregnant women into the study. She explains the study to potential participants, screens interested women for eligibility to participate and will meet with participants to collect saliva and weight measurements. Becky and the other enrollers serve as the contact for participants throughout the study and regarding all aspects of the study.

Kayla Painter
Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, University of Rochester

Kayla is a health study enroller for e-Moms of Rochester and she is responsible for the recruitment of pregnant women into the study. She explains the study to potential participants, screens interested women for eligibility to participate and will meet with participants to collect saliva and weight measurements. Kayla and the other enrollers serve as the contact for participants throughout the study and regarding all aspects of the study.

Madeline Forster
Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, University of Rochester

Madeline is a health study enroller for e-Moms of Rochester and she is responsible for the recruitment of pregnant women into the study. She explains the study to potential participants, screens interested women for eligibility to participate and will meet with participants to collect saliva and weight measurements. Madeline and the other enrollers serve as the contact for participants throughout the study and regarding all aspects of the study.

Maura Hamilton
Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, University of Rochester

Maura is a health study enroller for e-Moms of Rochester and she is responsible for the recruitment of pregnant women into the study. She explains the study to potential participants, screens interested women for eligibility to participate and will meet with participants to collect saliva and weight measurements. Maura and the other enrollers serve as the contact for participants throughout the study and regarding all aspects of the study.

e-Moms of Rochester

> e-Moms of Rochester. F.A.Q.

Who are you enrolling?

Women between the ages of 18-35 that are delivering in one of the four hospitals in Monroe county who are less than 20 weeks pregnant and meet some additional eligibility criteria.

How many women will be enrolled?

We are planning to enroll 3500 women over a fifteen month time period.

Is there an incentive for participation?

You can receive up to $140. Plus if you complete all of the surveys and weights required you will be entered into a drawing for an additional $150.

If I participate in e-Moms of Rochester, what will I be expected to do?

As a study participant we ask that you login to our study website within 3 days of joining the study and to continue to login to the study website at least once a week until you are eighteen months past the delivery of your baby. On the study website you will find helpful articles, tips and frequently asked questions related to your health during pregnancy. Also, you will have a chance to read and write blog entries and view local organizations and places of interest to pregnant women and new moms. Lastly, you will be able to set event reminders for your prenatal care appointments and after delivery for your child’s well visits.

In addition to viewing the website, we will also ask you to complete online surveys and be weighed postpartum. The online surveys including the online dietary recalls are described further in another frequently asked question.

In order to participate, what do I need to do?

If you are interested in participating in the study, we first need to know if you are eligible to participate. You could complete screening online here. Or you could contact us via phone or e-mail and we could see if you are eligible to participate over the phone or at your next prenatal care appointment. If you are eligible to participate, then you will consent to participate in the project. For research studies, informed consent is very important and in our study you are able to consent online by reading the form carefully and even asking questions over the phone to one of our enrollers OR you could consent face-to-face with an enroller. After you have consented to participate we also ask that you sign a medical release form so that we are able to view your medical records.

In summary, the steps to become a participant are: (1) Determine if you are eligible to participate (2) Decide whether you’d like to participate (3) Sign consent form (online or face-to-face) and medical release form (send via mail or face-to-face).

The medical release form can be printed from our website but needs to be signed and either mailed to the study office or given to an enroller. If you meet the enroller face to face it will give you the opportunity to collect saliva and answer any additional questions you may have.

What is a medical release form and why do I need to sign it?

The medical release form will allow enrollers to abstract data from your medical chart. Enrollers will need to access your medical chart after your baby is born to collect information regarding your baby’s delivery record.

What information are you taking from my medical chart?

Information regarding your blood pressure, glucose levels, and urinary protein levels will be collected. In addition, your infants birth weight and gestational age will be collected.

Are consent and medical release forms obtained online or in person?

Consent can be given online or in person. If you are interested in consenting online you will be instructed to visit the website address given to you by the enroller OR you will be automatically be directed to the online consent form at the end of the online screening. If you have any questions regarding the form you can contact an enroller.

Why are you collecting saliva?

Research has shown that specific genes influence pregnancy weight gain and how weight changes over time. To study these findings further we plan to measure the genes in your DNA from your saliva sample.

When is saliva collected and what is the procedure for saliva collection?

Ideally, saliva should be collected immediately after consent and medical release form are obtained by an enroller. If you consent online or are unable to provide your saliva at enrollment, then an appointment should be scheduled to meet with at enroller (at your prenatal care provider’s office or at your home) to collect saliva.

Tell me more about the online surveys for this study.

There are two types of online surveys that you are being asked to complete:

1. e-Moms of Rochester Surveys (Pregnancy 1, Pregnancy 2, 6 weeks postpartum, 6, 12 and 18 months postpartum) ask about your health including physical activity, mood, sleep, and diet as well as your infant’s health. The early pregnancy survey is the longest of all of the surveys and it has two parts. The first part asks you some basic questions about your pregnancy and usual habits and the second part asks you about the medications you are taking. All of the other surveys (except the six-week questionnaire) have three parts. The first part asks about your health and habits as well as your infant’s health. The second part asks you about any recent medical events. The third part asks you about any medications that you are taking. Each survey is slightly different based on the stage that you are at in pregnancy or after delivery. Each questionnaire incentive will be $10.00 and will take approximately 20-45 minutes to complete. (Note: The six-week questionnaire incentive will be $5.00 and will take approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete).

2. Dietary Recall: (Weekday and Weekend): For the dietary recall, we are asking you to report all the foods and drinks that you consumed the previous day. Please make sure to include all the meals, snacks and drinks that you ate and drank the day prior to being asked to complete the recall. For each time point both a weekday and weekend reviews need to be completed. You will be asked to schedule a weekday recall for which you will recall all the foods that you ate for one out of the following days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. However, you will complete the recall for what you ate on Monday when you receive the e-mail on Tuesday. For the weekend recall, you will recall the foods that you ate on either a Saturday or Sunday and yet you will insert all of those foods into the recall on Sunday or Monday. The first dietary recall that you complete will take slightly longer just to get used to the system and will take between 15-30 minutes to complete. All later dietary recalls are estimated to take between 10-15 minutes. For each dietary recall you will receive $5.

How often will I be required to complete online surveys?

You will be completing a total of 6 surveys throughout the study, which include; online questionnaires at 2 different times while you are pregnant and 4 different times during postpartum. You will also be completing a weekend and weekday dietary recall twice during pregnancy and three times after you have delivered your baby.

When and how should I access online surveys?

Upon entering the study, you will use your e-mail address and the temporary passcode given to you to login to the study website. You will be asked to change your passcode at your first login to the study website. You will access the online surveys through the study website throughout the study. You will have 3 days after your first login to the study website to complete the online survey before an email is automatically generated to you to remind you that you need to complete it.

When and how should I access the online dietary recalls?

The online dietary recall system is currently hosted outside of the study website. Unfortunately, you will have to use a separate login ID and password to login to the online dietary recall system. That ID and password will stay the same throughout the study, but they will be different than what you use to login to the study website. When you are scheduled to complete a dietary recall we will always include the website to visit and your login information to complete the dietary recall.

How will I let e-Moms of Rochester know if I find out any information that would make it so I could no longer participate?

For example, expecting twins or triplets or suffered a miscarriage?If any of these events occur you can contact study staff through the study website, or via email, text-message, or telephone.Can I withdraw from the study at anytime?Yes, however your participation in this study will continue until you notify an e-Moms of Rochester study staff member of your request to withdraw from the study.

e-Moms of Rochester Logo> e-Moms of RochesterContacts.

Please contact us if you are a health care provider or member of the press who wishes to learn more about our study. If you are interested in participating, please visit our Participation Page.

Phone: 585-273-3090

www.emomsroc.org

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