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Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study

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The Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) is a unique study where more than 90,000 pregnant women were recruited between 1999 and 2008. Some of the mothers have more than one child in MoBa and the last child was born in 2009. Over 70,000 fathers have also participated. We will hold contact with these families in the years to come, collecting further data through questionnaires.

High quality centre-based childcare can prevent developmental difficulties

2015 report

High quality centre-based childcare can prevent developmental difficulties

High quality centre-based childcare appears to prevent the development of language and behavioural difficulties over time, particularly among vulnerable children. The factors that appear to affect children include space for learning activities, staff education, relationships with staff, activities offered, time spent in childcare and group size.
Read more [19.02.2015]
MoBa film with English subtitles

MoBa film with English subtitles

A short film about the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study has been released, with English subtitles. It is intended to give a brief description of the study to participants, researchers, potential partners and other stakeholders.
Read more [26.01.2015]
Organic vegetables may reduce risk of pre-eclampsia

2014 research finding

Organic vegetables may reduce risk of pre-eclampsia

Pregnant women who often eat organic vegetables have a lower risk of pre-eclampsia than women who rarely or never do. This is shown in a 2014 article using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) published in the British Medical Journal Open.
Read more [15.09.2014]
Cerebral palsy may be hereditary

2014 research findings

Cerebral palsy may be hereditary

In the past, researchers believed that most cases of cerebral palsy (CP) were caused by birth-related injury, but a new study shows that some of the cause may be due to hereditary factors.

Read more [01.09.2014]
Pre-pregnancy risk drinking predicts toddler behaviour problems

2014 research finding

Pre-pregnancy risk drinking predicts toddler behaviour problems

Risk drinking before pregnancy can increase the risk of the development behavioural problems in toddlers. This comes from a 2014 study using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa). Early intervention to help and support mothers and their children could help to prevent these problems from developing into long term behavioural problems.
Read more [01.08.2014]
Parental obesity and autism risk in the child

2014 research finding

Parental obesity and autism risk in the child

Several studies have looked at possible links between maternal obesity during pregnancy and the risk of developmental disorders in the child. However, paternal obesity could be a greater risk factor than maternal obesity, according to a 2014 study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
Read more [07.04.2014]
Good relationships between children and adults in childcare centres may prevent language and learning difficulties

2014 report

Good relationships between children and adults in childcare centres may prevent language and learning difficulties

A 2014 report from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health examines how variation in quality of Norwegian centre-based childcare is related to mental and linguistic functioning in children. The results show that children with good relationships to the adult caregivers in centre-based childcare also have better language and psychological development than those children with poor caregiver relationships.
Read more [24.03.2014]
A healthy dietary pattern may lower the risk of preterm delivery

2014 research finding

A healthy dietary pattern may lower the risk of preterm delivery

Vegetables and fruit, fish and whole grains are important for mother and child. But pregnant women also eat sausages, white bread and potato crisps. Researchers from Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health have good news for pregnant women: “Our research shows that a diet with lots of vegetables, fruit, whole grain cereals and fish may lower the risk of preterm delivery, even though pregnant women also eat less healthy food”, says senior researcher Anne Lise Brantsæter.
Read more [05.03.2014]
Gender and genes play an important role in delayed language development

2013 research finding

Gender and genes play an important role in delayed language development

Boys are at greater risk for delayed language development than girls, according to a 2014 study using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study. The researchers also found that reading and writing difficulties in the family gave an increased risk.
Read more [17.02.2014]
Neurodevelopmental effects of prenatal exposure to paracetamol

2013 research finding

Neurodevelopmental effects of prenatal exposure to paracetamol

Paracetamol (acetaminophen) is the most commonly used medicine in pregnancy, yet there are very few studies that have investigated the possible long-term consequences for the child. A study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health suggested that long-term use of paracetamol during pregnancy may increase the risk of adverse effects on child development.
Read more [28.10.2013]