What is the NICHD?
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is a health
research agency within the federal government. Created in 1962, the Institute is part of the National Institutes
of Health in the U.S Department of Health and Human Services.
Currently, the Institute supports and conducts research
related to the health of children, adults, families, and
Reducing infant deaths
Promoting healthy pregnancy and childbirth
Investigating growth and development
Examining problems of birth defects and intellectual
and developmental disabilities
Understanding reproductive health
Improving the health and well-being of children,
women, and men
Enhancing function and involvement across the
lifespan through rehabilitation research
What is the NICHD Mission?
The mission of the NICHD is to ensure that
every person is born healthy and wanted,
that women suffer no harmful effects from
reproductive processes, and that all children
have the chance to achieve their full potential
for healthy and productive lives, free of
disease or disability, and to ensure the health,
productivity, independence, and well-being of
all people through optimal rehabilitation.
What does the NICHD do?
NICHD research is guided by the following ideas:
Events that happen before and during pregnancy
and during childhood have a great impact on the
health and well-being of children and adults.
Developing and improving medical rehabilitation
can improve the health and well-being of people
Human growth and development is a lifelong
process that has many phases and functions.
Learning about the reproductive health of
women and men and educating people about
reproductive practices is important to individuals,
communities, and societies.
The NICHD conducts and supports laboratory research, data ana