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A study conducted at Vanderbilt University funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Enrollment began in August, 2000.

Lead Investigators

Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD
Vanderbilt Principal Investigator
Women's Health Research, Vanderbilt University


Digna Velez-Edwards, PhD
Vanderbilt Co-Principal Investigator
Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center, Vanderbilt University



Pingsheng Wu, PhD
Biostatistics, Vanderbilt University


Andrew Olshan, PhD
UNC Principal Investigator
Epidemiology, UNC


Donna Baird, PhD

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences


Michele Jonsson Funk, PhD

Epidemiology, UNC


Chris Slaughter, PhD

Biostatistics, Vanderbilt University


Amy Herring, ScD

Biostatistics, UNC


David Savitz, PhD

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Study Staff


Sarah Jones, BS

Program Manager, Vanderbilt University

Anya Hancock, BS

Research Coordinator, Vanderbilt University


Kristin Scott, MS

Research Analyst, Vanderbilt University


Jimmy Ardiansyah, MS

Health System Analyst Programmer, Vanderbilt University

The following is a list of partners who have helped make Right from the Start possible. The funding partners provided financial support for different parts of RFTS. The medical practices and clinics helped with recruitment and referral of women to the study. The community partners also helped with recruitment by allowing RFTS to post information and in some cases they helped by providing in-kind gifts.



Funding Partners [click here]


•   American Water Works Association Research Foundation (AWWARF) (2000-2005)
•   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
•   National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH (2004-2008)
•   National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/CODA, NIH
•   Pfizer Scholars Career Development Grants Program
•   U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
•   UNC Center for Women's Health Research

Medical Practices and Clinics - NC [click here]


• Richard Adelman, MD Family Practice
• Associates in Women's Health Care
• Atrium Ob/Gyn
• Constance Y. Battle Gyn
• Blue Ridge Primary Care
• Capital Area Ob/Gyn
• Capital Family Medicine
• Capitol Pediatric & Adolescent Center
• Carolina Kids Pediatric Center
• Centre Ob/Gyn
• Cleveland Family Health
• Patsy Daniels, MD Family Practice
• Debnam Clinic
• Durham County Health Department
• Durham Ob/Gyn
• Essex Pediatrics
• Kenneth Fortier Ob/Gyn
• Garner Family Physicians
• Harris & Smith Ob/Gyn
• Inge, Holton & Kerr Ob/Gyn
• Thomas Jeffries, MD Family Practice
• Kamm, McKenzie, Harden, Smith, Bass, Marston & Saacks Ob/Gyn
• Lincoln Community Health Center
• March Ob/Gyn
• Mid-Carolina Ob/Gyn
• Newman Gyn
• North Raleigh Pediatric Group
• North Raleigh Primary Care
• Oberlin Road Pediatrics
• Piedmont Health Services
• Planned Parenthood - Wake County
• Poole Pediatrics
• Pregnancy Life Care Center
• Raleigh Ob/Gyn
• Raleigh Family Practice
• Raleigh Pediatric Associates
• Raleigh Radiology
• Rex Hospital
• Rex Pediatrics of Cary
• Roane Ob/Gyn
• Sunrise Pediatrics
• Triangle Ob/Gyn-NCCRM
• Trinity Women's Health
• UNC Family Practice Center
• UNC Specialty Women's Center
• UNC Student Health
• WakeMed Faculty Physicians Ob/Gyn
• WCHS Prenatal Clinic
• WCHS Women's Health Clinic
• White Oak Pediatrics
• Wilkerson Ob/Gyn
• Women's Birth and Wellness Center
• Women's Primary Care

Medical Practices and Clinics - TN [click here]


• Dr. Odie Battles
• Dr. Janis Caruso and Dr. Susan Nelson
• Christ Community Health Services
• Dr. Barbara Duncan Cody
• Dr. Joseph Dewane
• Health Loop/Hollywood Clinic
• Homsi and Simha
• Dr. Gregory Laurence
• McDonald Murrmann Women's Clinic
• Med Plex
• Memphis Obstetrics and Gynecological Association, P.C.
• MidSouth Ob/Gyn
• Dr. Paul Nebblett
• Ob/Gyn Centers of Memphis
• Ob/Gyn Physicians Group
• Ob/Gyn Specialists
• Dr. James Patterson and Dr. R. E. Patterson
• Ruch Clinic
• Dr. Indurani Tejwani
• Dr. Tanja Todd and Dr. Barbara Wotherspoon
• UTMG-Wolf River
• Women's Care Center
• Women's Physicians Group

Medical Practices and Clinics - TX [click here]


• Dr. Janice Crowder
• Dr. Dudley Philips, III
• UTMB-Dickinson
• UTMB-Galveston
• UTMB-Texas City
• Dr. Harlan Wichelhaus
• Women's Health Care Group-Dickinson
• Women's Health Care Group-Galveston

Drug Stores - NC [click here]


• Eckerd Drug
• Hamlin Drug Company
• Hayes-Barton Pharmacy, Inc.
• Kerr Drug
• Person Street Pharmacy of Raleigh
• Sutton's Drug Store
• Tom Jones Discount Drug Center
• Walgreens
• Wendell Drug Company, Inc.

Retailers - NC [click here]


• AC Fitness
• Aladdins Grill and Catering
• Babies-R-Us
• BabyCenter.com
• Baby Diaper Service, Inc.
• Bear Rock Cafe
• Big Sky Bread Company
• Birth- prenatal classes
• Carolina Pride Sportswear
• Carrboro Cybrary
• Carrboro Mini Mart
• Carrboro Parks and Recreation Main Office
• Celebration Cottage
• Chapel Hill Sportswear
• Chili's
• The Clean Machine Bike Shop
• Cliff's Meat Market
• Club Nova Thrift Shop
• The Cottage Shop
• Dee's Salon
• Dunkin' Donuts
• Em-bry-on-ics
• Falls Golf Complex
• Franklin St. Pizza & Pasta
• Germaine Laboratories/ Aimstick™ pregnancy test
• Greeting Yards
• Helios Cafe
• Honeybaked Ham Company
• Imaternity
• India Palace Restaurant
• Infininte Cuts
• Informedbirth.com
• Irregardless Cafe
• Krispy Kreme
• Lansinoh Laboratories/ Lansinoh ointment
• Lifeturn Institute of NC- HypnoBirthing™
• Lone Star Steakhouse
• Lucky Stars
• Lundie's Photgraphy Studio
• Mustela
• Oh! Brian's
• O'Charley's
• Oddities and Such Antiques
• Paint the Earth
• Playspace
• PTA Thrift Shop
• Quailridge Books
• Raleighwood Cinema Grill
• Red Hot & Blue
• Red Lobster
• Ruby Tuesday
• Sherrill’s University of Barber and Cosmetology
• Short Stop Food Mart
• The Shrunken Head Boutique
• Sweet Tomatoes
• Tarheel Bookstore
• TGI Friday
• Third Place Coffee Shop
• Transformative Touch Massage
• TPEd (Triangle Perinatal Educators)
• Tripps
• Unity & Respect Barber/Styling
• Warner-Lambert / e.p.t. pregnancy test


Study Results and Information
Results of the RFTS drinking water study are now available at the American Water Works Association Research Foundation website [click here]
Find answers to common questions about study results [click here]
Information on level of disinfection by-product permitted by the goverment can be found at the U.S. Enviromental Protection Agency website. [click here]
A copy of the University of North Carolina press release about the study can be found on the school of Public Health website [click here]




American College of Nurse-Midwifes


With roots dating to 1929, the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is the oldest women's health care organization in the U.S. ACNM is the professional association that represents Certified Nurse-Midwives and Certified Midwives in the United States. ACNM provides research, administers and promotes continuing education programs, establishes clinical practice standards, creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress.


The mission of ACNM is to promote the health and well-being of women and infants within their families and communities through the development and support of the profession of midwifery as practiced by certified nurse-midwives, and certified midwives. The philosophy inherent in the profession states that nurse-midwives believe every individual has the right to safe, satisfying health care with respect for human dignity and cultural variations. [click here]


American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine


The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine is a multidisciplinary association dedicated to advancing the safe and effective use of ultrasound in medicine through professional and public education, research, development of guidelines, and accreditation. [click here]





Information for new and expecting parents, this is also a commercial web site for shopping on-line. [click here]






Many links to information about pregnancy and childbirth.  [click here]


Compassionate Friends



A national nonprofit, self-help support organization that offers friendship and understanding to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive. [click here]




Includes a guide to pregnancy, information on fertility, expert advice, feature articles, message boards, and other pregnancy information. [click here]


Fertility Awareness-Planning Pregnancy



Tools and information about indicators of fertility to help couples who are trying to conceive. The American Pregnancy Association is a national health organization committed to promoting reproductive and pregnancy wellness through education, research, advocacy, and community awareness. [click here]


INCIID- Infertility Information and Support



The InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination (INCIID – pronounced "inside") is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals and couples explore their family-building options. INCIID provides current information and immediate support regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infertility and pregnancy loss, and offers guidance to those considering adoption or childfree lifestyles. [click here]


National Women's Health Information Center


A comprehensive women's health information site, including information about how to have a healthy pregnancy and information in Spanish. NWHIC also provides a toll free information and referral service for women. [click here]

La Leche League- Breastfeeding Information


La Leche League International strives to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. [click here]

Midwife Information




A resource for midwifery clients and professionals. Includes information about midwifery, parents resources, and a midwifery directory. [click here]


New York Online Access to Health



Covers a range of health topics, including extensive information about pregnancy and pre-conception. Includes links to many Internet resources on these topics. English and Spanish. [click here]


OB/GYN Links from UNC



A list of women's health web sites. [click here]


Parents Place Pregnancy Information


Health and general information about pregnancy, childbirth and parenting, chat groups, message boards, and calendars from iVillage. [click here]




Information for couples trying to get pregnant. Includes resources and tools, discussion groups and answers to some commonly asked questions. [click here]


Pregnancy Planner



A quick calclulator for your best days to conceive. Scroll down to see the calculator. [click here]


Shared Journey- Pregnancy, Loss and Infertility


Information and support for women and couples facing infertility and pregnancy loss, also contains information about pregnancy and adoption. [click here]

WebMD Health Information



Medical news and information, includes sections on health and wellness, health care, and health insurance. This site covers a wide range of topics, including women's health and pregnancy. [click here]





Information for women who are trying to get pregnant, including how to chart your basal body temperature, identifying your most fertile time, and recognizing early signs of pregnancy. [click here]







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