Surveys of Interest to MFMs

The Society supports its members and other clinicians in the field by promoting various research activities. The surveys below are not conducted or endorsed by SMFM. However, if you meet the requirements provided by the researchers, you are invited to participate in it. If you do not meet the specifications, you are welcome to "browse" the survey, but  please refrain from completing it. SMFM charges an administrative fee to post and distribute these surveys. To learn more  you can review our survey process guidelines. 

Periviable Cervical Cerclage Management Survey

We are interested in learning more about physicians' personal practices for periviable cervical cerclage placement.
You are eligible to participate in this study if you are a Maternal-Fetal Medicine or Neonatology attending or fellow
physician who is English-speaking.

Participation involves completing a one-time online survey. No identifiable information will be collected about you,
and your responses will be anonymous. Participation is voluntary; there are no direct benefits or risks, and you may
stop and exit the survey at any time without recording your responses. It should take no longer than 5 minutes to
complete the survey.

This project is being led by Gina Milone, a first year Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellow at the University of California,
Irvine. If you have any questions about this study, please contact

Please complete the survey below as it pertains to your practice regarding periviable cerclage placement. [Posted 1/12/2022]

Safety of Antibiotic Medication Use in Pregnancy: A Survey of Physician Perspectives

We are interested in learning about any challenges you face when deciding which antibiotic to prescribe to your pregnant patients, especially in terms of the safety of antibiotics. 

The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. If you choose to leave your email information at the conclusion of the survey, you will be included in a random drawing for one of two $50 Amazon gift cards.

If you have any questions regarding this survey, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

Harvard Program on Perinatal and Pediatric Pharmacoepidemiology

Click here to start the anonymous survey:

Provider attitudes Regarding Breastfeeding among Mothers Using Marijuana

As more states legalize marijuana for adult recreational and medical use, the incidence of pregnant and breastfeeding mothers using marijuana is increasing. There remains limited data on how maternal marijuana use may affect a fetus or breastfeeding newborn. We are interested in understanding the attitudes of clinicians who work with mothers and infants in hospital settings and their practices surrounding maternal use of marijuana in these settings.

This survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. No identifying data will be gathered. Participating in this survey constitutes permission. All survey results are anonymous and confidential. As an incentive, the first 200 respondents to this survey will receive a $10 Amazon gift card. 

Please click here to access the survey:

This survey is not conducted or endorsed by SMFM but has been reviewed for relevancy of interest to members and visitors to [Posted 11/23/2021]

Examining intergenerational influences in the medical profession 

Purpose: It is known that close relationships, particularly familial ones, can offer early or unrivaled exposure to the healthcare professions that may further influence not only a career in medicine, but even which medical specialty one ultimately chooses to pursue. While children of doctors are anecdotally common in medicine, the extent to which intergenerational influences shape a person's career in academic medicine and healthcare professions is largely unknown. As medical education and healthcare have made efforts to diversify the field and work towards health justice and equity, understanding the extent and effects of intergenerational influences in medicine may help us understand better ways to recruit and support practicing physicians and trainees from minority backgrounds.

Participants: Physicians and medical students in the US. It is essential that we gather information from people at all stages of medical careers to understand trends over time and gather information across specialties to gain insights on how intergenerational influences impact different groups of physicians. We believe participation of maternal-fetal medicine physicians will increase the diversity of our participant group and enrich our understanding of intergenerational influences in a more nuanced and comprehensive manner.

Procedures: Online surveys will be distributed nationally to practicing physicians and medical students in the US. This online survey will take 5-minutes, is completely voluntary, and has been deemed exempt by Duke and UNC Institutional Review Boards. All survey data will be collected without any identifiable information and only reported in aggregate form. Email addresses will be collected only for participants who wish to be entered into a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card at the end of the survey. We are happy to provide additional information on our statistical methods and survey development methods if the committee would like. [posted 7/28/2021]

Survey Link:

Reproductive Health in Chronic and Complex Medical Diseases

Contraception and pregnancy management are important topic to patients with chronic, complex medical diagnoses. Previous studies have shown that women’s health providers across specialties would also like to learn more about reproductive health topics in chronic and complex medical diagnoses.  This survey is one step closer to increase provider awareness and knowledge in order to better serve these patients. We hope that this survey will help create resources to better inform and disseminate information on these topics in the future. 

The survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. If you choose to leave your email information at the conclusion of the survey, you will be included in a random selection for one of two $50 Amazon gift cards. 

Participation in this survey is voluntary as this survey is for research use.  The Institutional Review Board of the University of Chicago has reviewed IRB21-0265 protocol and deemed it exempt from human subjects review. [posted 5/24/21]

Survey link:

Questions regarding this survey can be directed to

Patient Safety Challenges during COVID-19? Tell us your story!

The Center for Patient Safety Research at Columbia University is conducting a nationwide survey on the impact of COVID-19 on patient safety on obstetrics and gynecology providers. From limited PPE to staffing shortages, the pandemic has put significant stress on hospital systems and made it harder to provide safe patient care. As obstetrics and gynecology clinicians your experience is extremely valuable, and we want to hear your stories. All responses will remain anonymous. Together we can improve patient safety going forward. If you have any questions or issues with the link please contact Desmond Sutton at: [posted 5/1/21]

Click Here to complete the survey! 

Laws Regarding Substance Use during Pregnancy Study 

Dr. Emily Miller and cross-disciplinary colleagues across Northwestern and Lurie (Seema Shah in Bioethics, Leslie Caldarelli & Nicole Poipport from the NICU, and Laurie Wakschlag in Developmental Science) have teamed up to study how substance use in pregnancy affects early childhood neurological development in the Brains Begin Before Birth (B4) Midwest Consortium. This study is part of the National Institutes of Health’s Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative to tackle the opioid crisis. 

While the opioid epidemic is harder to detect during the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of overdoses from opioids have increased substantially in the past few months. As part of the B4 study, we are conducting a survey of obstetric providers to understand how laws punishing substance use during pregnancy affect prenatal care and research. 

If you can spare 30 minutes to help advance this important work, please click here to complete the survey: 

We provide a $25 e-gift card as a token of appreciation for completing the survey. [posted February 4, 2021]

Family Planning & Maternal-Fetal Medicine Bridge Builder Survey

The Society for Family Planning and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine jointly established the Bridge Builder Award to address the issues that arise at the intersection of our specialties. While providers from both specialties provide care for women at high risk for maternal morbidity, neither group of providers have all of the training and experience to meet all of these patients’ medical needs and often seek assistance from a provider from the other specialty. Through this survey, we hope to gather information on the knowledge base, procedural skills, and training needs of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Complex Family Planning providers where the two specialties overlap.

We encourage any and all MFM providers to participate. Your personal information will not be collected as part of this survey.

This study is funded by the SFP/SMFM Bridge Builder Award.

Survey Link:

Please contact Dr. Joshua Nitsche at if you have any questions about this survey. [posted December 16, 2020]

Prenatal Diagnostic Testing for Adult-Onset Neurodegenerative Disease

This study aims to investigate current guidelines and protocols regarding prenatal diagnostic testing (PND) for adult-onset neurodegenerative disease across various institutions. This online survey is for healthcare practitioners in the United States who may be involved in such processes, including but not limited to prenatal and neurogenetic counselors, and OB-GYN and MFM physicians. The survey should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete, and participation is voluntary. The data collected from this survey may aid in the development of professional guidelines for PND in the setting of adult-onset neurodegenerative disease. 

Take the survey now.

Please reach out with any questions or concerns to study coordinator Maya Rawal, This study has been reviewed and determined to be exempt by Columbia University’s Institutional Review Board. [posted October 30, 2020]

Patterns Surrounding Management of Postpartum Hemorrhage

Postpartum hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide, with one woman dying every 10 minutes from this diagnosis. Working in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, you are at the forefront of high-risk obstetric care and your experience is highly valued. Please participate in our voluntary, anonymous research survey.

Purpose:  To identify clinicians' patterns of management of postpartum hemorrhage
Target audience: Maternal-Fetal Medicine Faculty or Fellow
Time required: 5 minutes

Take the survey now.

Factor XI Deficiency Survey

The purpose of this research study is to survey provider practice patterns for managing pregnant women with Factor XI deficiency.

Please note your participation is entirely voluntary and your responses will be kept anonymous. You will only complete this survey once and it will approximately take 5-10 minutes. Your willingness to participate in this research study is implied if you proceed. 

Take the survey now.

The Principal Investigator of the research study is Dr. Homa Ahmadzia. If you have any questions, please contact The Office of Human Research of George Washington University can provide further information about your rights as a research participant. Their contact information is (202) 994-2715 or

Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on OB/GYN Providers in the United States

You are invited to complete a survey on the impact of COVID-19 on OB/GYN providers conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic. This survey is anonymous and takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. You must have completed medical school and be a currently practicing OB/GYN. You can be a resident or fellow. There is no requirement to be a board certified MFM.

In order to complete the survey, please click on this link:

We hope the results from this survey will help us understand the unique professional and personal impact of COVID-19 during these unprecedented times.

If you have any questions about this research study you can contact Enid Rivera-Chiauzzi, MD at:

If you are interested in submitting a member or non-member survey, please check out the our survey process guidelines.

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