What we are studying
Most women with epilepsy have normal pregnancies, but appear to be at risk for problems during pregnancy (e.g., seizures, change in medications, depression, c-sections) and adverse outcomes in their children (e.g., thinking or behavioral problems). The purpose of this observational study is to establish the relationship between antiepileptic drug (AED) exposure and outcomes in the mother and child as well as describe and explain the variability in AED exposure and response.
For pregnant women, the study will follow their babies for any signs of developmental problems with free Neuropsych testing until the age of 3 years. The results of these tests will be available to the treating pediatricians if needed for early intervention.
Pregnant participants will receive $1000 for completing all scheduled study visits, Non-pregnant participants will receive $250 for completing all scheduled study visits.