Parenting Infants in the Pandemic Study (PIPS)

We are inviting mothers (18 years and older) of babies born during the pandemic (after March 15, 2020) to tell us about their experiences of pregnancy, birth, and parenting infants during COVID-19. This study will help us learn how best to support women and families from many different communities.

What Does the Study Involve?

The PIP Study Survey

  • The PIP Study Survey is a confidential 45-minute survey about women’s life experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, including their emotions and feelings while pregnant, and delivering and caring for new babies.
  • Mothers will receive a $25 electronic gift card for completing the survey.
  • After completing the survey, some mothers will be invited to participate in a second part of the study that involves remote virtual interviews.

Remote Virtual Interviews (optional)

  • Some participants will be invited to participate in remote virtual interviews with research staff when infants are about 12 to 15 months old.
  • Visits usually take about 2 to 3 hours. They can be split across multiple days to fit your schedule.
  • You will be interviewed and do some activities with your baby.
  • Mothers and their partners, when applicable, can participate.
  • Collection of baby’s saliva for purposes of studying DNA.
  • Follow-up virtual visit 12 months later.
  • Mothers compensated up to $200 in gift cards for participating in both virtual visits.
  • Partners (if applicable) compensated up to $100 in gift cards for participating in both virtual visits.

PIP Study Enrollment will be open soon. To get started early, find out if you're eligible for our pre-survey called the 2020 Baby Survey (use survey code: UC3HC9) to receive a $25 gift card.

For more information, contact us at 860-798-8790 or

Drs. Grasso and Briggs-Gowan, Department of Psychiatry, IRB Number 21-143-1.

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