Mother and Baby

RESPPA study - Resilience and perinatal stress in times of pandemic

Pregnant women and their families experience many types of feelings upon the arrival of a newborn. In the context of COVID-19, each woman's response to family and social events is unique. Studies have shown that good maternal and child health during the perinatal period reduces the risk of health problems for the child. Therefore, it is important to document and better understand the psychosocial impact of the pandemic on pregnant women in order to identify factors of well-being, stress or anxiety, and resilience.

The RESPPA study seeks to better understand the association between various factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the psychological health of pregnant women, the course of pregnancy, and the development of the child. These factors include, for example, well-being, social distancing measures, stress, resilience, heredity, nutrition, physical activity, family situation, and so on.


RESPPA is a longitudinal study. In other words, we will follow our participants and their families at different points in time, conducted in different regions of Quebec, which relies on a strong intersectoral and interregional collaboration.

Conduct of the study and participation


Between June 2020 and March 2022, we will recruit pregnant women aged 18 or over, living in Quebec and able to complete online questionnaires.

Participants and their life partners will then be invited to complete a series of online questionnaires. One in each trimester of pregnancy, then in the postnatal period at 3, 12, 18 and 24 months. Finally, we will ask permission from the participants to examine their medical records in order to relate certain factors such as heredity and their physical condition.

Partner sites:

  • Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center

  • Quebec University Hospital Center

  • Sherbrooke University Hospital Center

  • CIUSSS Nord-de-l'île-de-Montréal

  • CIUSSS Mauricie-et-du-Center-du-Québec

  • CISSS l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

  • CISSS Bas-Saint-Laurent

Participation is not exclusive to its sites.

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Would you like to participate in our study?


  • Be 18 years of age or older

  • Being pregnant or have given birth less than 3 months ago

  • Being able to complete online questionnaires (in English or French)

  • Living in Quebec


  • Completion of a series of online questionnaires during and after pregnancy.

  • Participation in a reference database for research on pregnancy and early childhood during a pandemic.

  • The information collected during this study will remain strictly confidential and the identity of participants will be protected.

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