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Research Corner

Spinal Cord Injury, Urogenital Health and Pregnancy Project (SCI-UP)

Pregnancy in women with an SCI can bring different considerations than just what are covered in the average pregnancy help books.  Bladder health care and management are among some things that women considering pregnancy need to discuss with their health care professionals.   

Spinal Cord Injury Urogenital Health and Pregnancy (SCI-UP) Registry was created by Dr. Anne Berndl, assistant professor at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre and Dr. Anne Harris, epidemiologist and Assistant Professor at Ryerson University’s School of Occupational and Public Health. With the assistance of a generous grant from the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, the research aims to improve understanding surrounding the impact of pregnancy on urogenital health. The goal is to help understand the differences in bladder health for women with SCI who have and have not had a pregnancy. Other important pregnancy and birth outcomes in women with SCI, such as risk factors for preterm birth, triggers of autonomic dysreflexia and incidence of breastfeeding are other areas that will be studied through this registry.  Participation is easy and involves a simple online survey. It is completely anonymous and you may skip any questions that you do not feel comfortable answering. 

To learn more and participate see the post on our website at https://sciontario.org/urogenital-health-and-pregnancy/ or click on “Participate in Research” from our main menu.  

Contact: claire.mazzia@utoronto.ca 

By Spinal Cord Injury Ontario | Summer 2020

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