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The IBD Parenthood Project is led by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) with support from the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and the patient support network, Girls With Guts. The goal of the IBD in Pregnancy Clinical Care Pathway is to provide guidance on the continuum of care and best practices for managing patients with IBD who are either pregnant or have a desire to become pregnant. The Pathway outlines the entire care process — from conception, to delivery and post-pregnancy.

As part of this program, new clinical care pathway guidance for use by health care providers was published online by AGA and the supporting organizations. The purpose is to help create a standardized workflow among health care providers about the best way to care for women with IBD throughout all stages of family planning.

As a trusted voice in the GI community, AGA is dedicated to improving the care of women of childbearing years living with IBD, and is committed to redefining industry standards to further optimize health outcomes for mother, baby and provider.

Founded in 1897, AGA has grown to include more than 16,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology.

AGA’s IBD Parenthood Project is funded through support from UCB, a global biopharmaceutical company.

For Health Care Providers:

The creation of this care pathway represents the first clinical guidance for GIs, obstetric providers and others involved in the care of women with IBD in their childbearing years to ensure the optimal care of these patients, leading to a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.

Understanding the impact of IBD throughout all stages of pregnancy can help practitioners and patients develop a plan to achieve the best outcome and reduce complications.

Additional information can be found here.

Our Program Partners

About Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is the largest non-profit, voluntary, health organization dedicated to finding cures for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). The Foundation’s mission is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults who are affected by these diseases. The Foundation works to fulfill its mission by funding research; providing educational resources for patients and their families, medical professionals, and the public; and furnishing supportive services for those afflicted with IBD. For more information, visit www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org, call 888-694-8872, or email info@crohnscolitisfoundation.org.

About Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) is a non-profit, membership organization based in Washington, DC. With more than 3,500 physicians, scientists and women’s health professionals around the world, the Society supports the clinical practice of maternal-fetal medicine by providing education, promoting research and engaging in advocacy to optimize the health of high-risk pregnant women and their babies. SMFM hosts an annual scientific meeting in which new ideas and research related to high-risk pregnancies are unveiled and discussed. For more information, visit www.smfm.org.

About Girls With Guts
The vision of Girls With Guts is to establish a national support network that assists women with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s Disease & ulcerative colitis) and/or ostomies in their search for community and acceptance. From in-person events to virtual chats, Girls With Guts provides a variety of programming to bring patients, doctors, and thought leaders together and empower women with IBD through the building of sisterhood and self-esteem. The organization strives to give all women with IBD the strength to find their confidence and keep it, despite having IBD or an ostomy. For more information, visit www.girlswithguts.org.

About UCB
At UCB, everything we do starts with a simple question: “How will this make a difference to the lives of people living with severe diseases?” We have a passionate, long-term commitment to discovering and developing innovative medicines that transform the lives of people living with severe diseases. We do that by connecting with patients and their families around the world living with the physical and social burdens of severe disease. Those connections offer new perspectives, drive innovation, and offer the hope of a new generation of therapies that are helping to transform lives. For more information, visit www.ucb-usa.com.

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About BabyCenter
BabyCenter is the world’s number one digital parenting resource. Our content reaches more than 100 million people monthly through websites, mobile apps, online communities, email series, social programs, print publications, and public health initiatives. In the United States, 7 in 10 new and expectant moms online rely on BabyCenter for expert guidance from health professionals, an online community of other moms and dads, and support that’s Remarkably Right® at every stage of pregnancy and child development.

BabyCenter content is available in nine different languages, and more than 50 million parents visit BabyCenter’s 11 websites every month. With industry-leading audience engagement, BabyCenter provides unparalleled insights and innovative marketing solutions for the world’s top brands, retailers, and institutions.

The company is committed to improving maternal health globally, and our team works closely with nonprofits, NGOs, and governments to make motherhood safer for all women. Through the Mission Motherhood® campaign, BabyCenter content is delivered to moms in underserved areas and is available in 23 local languages.

About Wakefield Research
Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) is a leading, independent market research agency, offering quantitative, qualitative, and custom proprietary hybrid methodologies. Wakefield Research provides market intelligence, strategic research and public relations research to the world’s most prominent brands and agencies, including 50 of the Fortune 100, across 70 countries and spanning every industry vertical. We help companies, brands and organizations use data to inform decision-making, drive sales, create awareness, and build relationships between their customers and members. Our work appears daily in top-tier media such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and many more.

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AGA's IBD Parenthood Project is funded through support from UCB, a global biopharmaceutical company.