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NOTE: The former name of this RIG was that of Women's Health and Transitions in Childbearing.


The purpose of the Women's Health and Childbearing RIG is to advance nursing science and transform nursing practice related to women's health and areas associated with childbearing through the conduct, dissemination, and translation of impactful research.

The Women's Health and Childbearing RIG is comprised of diverse nurse researchers and nursing students from the Midwest and beyond. Research interests in this section include but are not limited to women's health throughout the lifespan, transitions associated with childbearing (e.g., antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and newborn care; breastfeeding; early parenting), and women-related health care policy.


  • To increase membership in the RIG and get members' research findings distributed
  • Current members to invite their colleagues to join the RIG

3 Year Goals

  • To advance nursing science and transform nursing practice related to women's health and childbearing transitions
  • To enhance the careers of nurse scientists conducting research in areas related to women's health and childbearing transitions
  • To promote collaborations among nurse scientists in areas related to women's health and childbearing transitions
  • To encourage nursing students with interests in areas related to women's health and childbearing transitions to become nurse scientist

2018-2019 RIG Contacts 

Chairs Carmen Giurgescu
McKenzie Wallace
Chair-Elects Julie Vignato
Diana Schadewald
Past Chair Adejoke Ayoola
Susan Vonderheid
Grant Rep Adejoke Ayoola

RIG Snapshots:

Upcoming Awards

Upcoming Research Snapshots

  • Guaranteed Research Symposium in 2018 
    "Innovative Technologies in Women's Health and Childbearing-related Research" 

Topics may include: 

  • Recruitment and retention
  • Methodological Issues and Biomarkers 
  • Big data science
  • Technology – mobile health, health management, mhealth for use with vulnerable populations, ipad technology
  • Multibehavioral interventions
  • General Call coordinated by MNRS 
  • RIG Collaborative Google Doc Developed
  • Quarterly Update of Member Achievements to be Initiated and Disseminated via Listserv


Member in the Spotlight
Mary Byrn, RN, PhD

Mary Byrn, RN, PhD

It is an honor for me to discuss my involvement in MNRS and how this organization has helped develop my research career. I attended my first MNRS Annual Research conference in 2008 while I was working on my PhD in nursing at Loyola University Chicago. I was fortunate enough to have an abstract accepted for a poster presentation in the Student Poster Section. While I was at the conference, I attended my first Research Interest Group Meeting. It was inspiring to hear so many nurse researchers and the projects they were working on while I was at the meeting. I left the conference feeling energized and excited to continue working on my career in nursing research.

I have attended the MNRS research conferences every year since 2008. I continue to be encouraged by other members of MNRS to continue my research. At each conference, I attended the Research Interest Group Meeting for networking opportunities. While I was working on my PhD, other members of the RIG asked me to take on the role of chairing the section from 2011-2012. This was a wonderful opportunity to be more involved with the organization and develop my leadership skills.

My dissertation research examined depressive symptoms in women with and without gestational diabetes. I was fortunate enough to be awarded an MNRS dissertation research award to support my dissertation work. Receiving this award was an important event and provided me with positive reinforcement at the beginning of my research career. It was a wonderful experience to be mentored in writing the application and receiving the award was instrumental in completion of my project.

As a new faculty member who is learning to balance my love for teaching and research, MNRS continues to be a wonderful place for me to find mentorship, inspiration, and opportunities for expanding my research ideas.

2018-2019 RIG Awards to be Offered

Opens: To be announced
Closes:To be announced

Research Publication Award (Description)
Undergraduate Research Award (Description)
Graduate Research Award (Description)
New Investigator Award (Description)
Senior Investigator Award (Description)

To apply, please email your application to the RIG Chairs
Questions? Please email the RIG Chairs

RIG Minutes/Meeting Summary

Click here to view the Women's Health & Transition in Childbearing RIG minutes from the 2016 Annual Conference.

Click here to view the minutes from the 2017 Annual Research Conference.

Click here to view the minutes from the 2018 Annual Research Conference.

RIG LinkedIn Page

To join the Women's Health and Transitions in Childbearing LinkedIn page, click here.

RIG Listserv

A listserv is similar to a "group" email. When something is sent to the Listserv address, it is received by all subscribers assigned to the listserv. New and renewing members who choose to volunteer on a RIG will be automatically subscribed to the RIG's Listserv. Those who do not renew their dues with be automatically unsubscribed. The Listserv is updated weekly so it is always current.

RIG Group Pages

Click here to access member only group content