Kimberly L D'Anna-Hernandez

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Maternal stress during pregnancy is associated with negative maternal/child outcomes. One potential biomarker of the maternal stress response is cortisol, a product of activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. This study evaluated cortisol levels in hair throughout pregnancy as a marker of total cortisol release. Cortisol levels in hair have been(More)
OBJECTIVE This study investigated the effects of acculturation on cortisol, a biological correlate of maternal psychological distress, and perinatal infant outcomes, specifically gestational age at birth and birth weight. METHODS Fifty-five pregnant women of Mexican descent were recruited from a community hospital, and their saliva samples were collected(More)
OBJECTIVE Fetal cortisol may be reflected in hair collected shortly after birth. The objective of this study was to determine the range of human fetal hair cortisol concentrations (HCC) in live-born neonates using an approach for processing small quantities of hair. MATERIALS AND METHODS Hair was cut on the day of birth from neonates and their mothers,(More)
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