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Were you living in Fort McMurray during the 2016 wild fires?

Were you pregnant at the time, or have you become pregnant since then?

University of Alberta researchers are conducting a study aimed at helping you and your baby.
What are the benefits of participating?
You may learn a therapeutic journaling technique that can help you reduce stress and improve your baby's development
You'll contribute to an important body of knowledge, aimed at helping people cope with the stress of natural disasters.
What are the benefits of participating?
You may learn a therapeutic journaling technique that can help you reduce stress and improve your baby's development
You'll contribute to an important body of knowledge, aimed at helping people cope with the stress of natural disasters.
How It Works
Participating is completely free, and requires just 1.5 to 2 hours of your time over a 5 day stretch.

You will be asked to fill out several online surveys. A web link and instructions for the online surveys will be emailed to you. Some surveys are about your reactions and experiences during and after the wildfire.

You will be randomly assigned to one of 3 groups:
Group 1 will complete questionnaires and journaling technique A.
Group 2 will complete questionnaires and journaling technique B.
Group 3 will complete questionnaires only.

At a later date, you may also be invited to participate in another phase(s) of the study that would require approximately 14 hours of your time over two years.

You will be asked to indicate your willingness to participate in these potential further project phases at a later time.
Join The Study
Please answer a couple quick questions,


then we'll be in touch to help you join the study.
Fill out my online form.
Join over 150 women who are already participating!
Media Mentions
Do you speak French? Click here to listen to our CBC radio interview.
About The Researchers
"We didn't want to just monitor the outcomes in another tracking study - we said this time we have to do something about improving outcomes, and so we agreed we would try to develop an intervention to lower the stress levels of mothers that would improve their pregnancy outcomes as well as the developmental outcomes of their children."
Dr. David Olson
Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry,
Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Read Dr. Olson's full bio
"We didn't want to just monitor the outcomes in another tracking study - we said this time we have to do something about improving outcomes, and so we agreed we would try to develop an intervention to lower the stress levels of mothers that would improve their pregnancy outcomes as well as the developmental outcomes of their children."
Common Questions
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Have a different question?
Please email Dory Sample, our search co-ordinator, at fmmstudy@ualberta.ca