Pregnancy or Early Infant Loss Counseling Research Study in Southeastern Michigan, Including Flint and Detroit

Have you recently lost a pregnancy through miscarriage or stillbirth or experienced the early death of an infant? You are not alone. Losing a pregnancy or young infant can be painful and many women find themselves feeling down or blue after this happens.

For women who are feeling down after a loss of a pregnancy or young infant, we are offering no-cost groups through our research study; these groups are run by experienced counselors. Participants may receive support and counseling through our research study at no cost and may be compensated up to $180.

If you are a woman between the ages of 18 – 50 years old and have experienced the loss of a pregnancy or young infant within the past 12 months, please email HeAL@msu.edu to find out if we can help and we'll get in touch with you.

This National Institute of Child Health & Human Development funded study is being conducted by Dr. Jennifer Johnson from Michigan State University in collaboration with Dr. Kent Key, Ann Back-Price, MSN, and Dr. Caron Zlotnick.

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Who can participate?
Women between the ages of 18 – 50 years old who are feeling down after experiencing a miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of a young infant in the past 12 months and who can attend weekly counseling groups on Zoom video calls.

What is involved?
Our study involves small, supportive groups run by experienced therapists once a week for 12 weeks and two individual sessions. There will also be research interviews that are flexible in scheduling.

How are participating families compensated?
If our study is a good fit for you, we will compensate you up to $180 for your time on the research interviews. Travel and childcare costs are also covered.

Who is conducting the project?
Our researchers are highly trained staff at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Women and Infants Hospital, Providence RI. We are funded by the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development.

Where does the study take place?
For now, everything in our study will take place over the phone or by Zoom video call.


Our team is committed to respect for people of all races, colors, genders, religions, national origins, sexual orientations, history of criminal involvement, marital status, disability, height, weight, veteran status and age. We support Michigan State University’s goal of increasing diversity, ensuring equity, promoting inclusion, and enhancing outreach and engagement. Our work seeks to address structural racism and sexism, empower the unempowered, and elevate community and patient contributions to solutions.


Want to Participate?

We are currently enrolling women between the age of 18 – 50 years old who live in southeastern Michigan, including Flint and greater Detroit, and have experienced the loss of a pregnancy or young infant within the past 12 months, and have been experiencing symptoms of depression since the loss.

To participate, give us a little bit of information about yourself and one of our research assistants will contact you. Send us an email to HeAL@msu.edu or call us at 810-516-0319 and leave a message with the following information:

  • name
  • age
  • email
  • phone

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