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The CDC's Division of Reproductive Health mission is to promote optimal reproductive and infant health and quality of life by influencing public policy, health care practice, community practices, and individual behaviors through scientific and programmatic expertise, leadership, and support.

CDC accomplishes its mission by working with partners throughout the nation and world to

  • Conduct epidemiologic, behavioral, demographic, and health services research.

  • Support national and state-based surveillance systems to monitor trends and investigate health issues.

  • Support development of scientific and programmatic development within states and other jurisdictions.

  • Provide technical assistance, consultation, and training worldwide.

  • Translate research findings into health care practice, public health policy, and health promotion strategies.


Reproductive Health for All, Healthy Decisions, Healthy Lives, in a Healthy World

Priority Areas

Infant Health: Promoting the Health and Well Being of Infants

Global Reproductive Health: Committing to a Healthier World

Maternal Health: Advancing the Health of Mothers

Women’s Reproductive Health: Improving Health Through Research

Unintended and Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Understanding Pregnancy Intentions


Capacity Building
Enhance the ability of others to identify and address reproductive and infant health issues

Improve and promote reproductive and infant health and the well being of men and women globally.

Maintain a healthy, productive environment that supports achievement of the mission.

Provide global leadership to optimize reproductive and infant health.

Define, conduct, and promote public health research in reproductive and infant health.

Translate science and technology into strategies and interventions that promote reproductive and infant health.


Safe Motherhood

Safe motherhood begins before conception with proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle and continues with appropriate prenatal care, the prevention of complications when possible, and the early and effective treatment of complications. The ideal result is a pregnancy at term without unnecessary interventions, the delivery of a healthy infant, and a healthy postpartum period in a positive environment that supports the physical and emotional needs of the woman, infant, and family.

To better understand the burden of maternal complications and mortality and to decrease disparities among populations at risk of death and complications from pregnancy, the Division of Reproductive Health supports national and state-based surveillance systems to monitor trends and investigate health issues; conducts epidemiologic, behavioral, demographic, and health services research; and works with partners to translate research findings into health care practice, public health policy, and health promotion strategies.

Date last reviewed: 02/26/2007
Content source: Division of Reproductive Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

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