Testing For Intra Amniotic Infection (IAI): Scuba Study


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Why is this study being done?

IAI is an infection often involving amniotic fluid, fetus, umbilical cord or placenta as well as fetal membranes. Having IAI can put women at risk of giving birth before the 37th week of pregnancy or gestation. IAI is one of the leading causes of infant death and illness. Researchers think about 1 out of every 4 women who deliver before 37 weeks IAI. Early diagnosis of IAI is important to avoid serious complications. The current method of testing for IAI involves an examination for symptoms such as fever, belly tenderness, bad smelling fluid and a faster than normal heart rate of the baby. A faster test could help doctors diagnosis and treat IAI earlier and identify patients who are not symptomatic.

You may qualify for this study if you are a woman over the age of 18 who:

  • Is between 22 and 33 weeks pregnant
  • Is expecting a single child
  • Evidence of contractions and intact bag of waters
  • Care provider team planning an amniocentesis


Subjects will be compensated up to $50.

Who do I contact for more information?

To find out more information and to see if you may qualify to participate, email the Pregnancy Research Group or call503 494-8748.