Dr. Stuebe received her B.S. in Biology from Duke University in 1995. She attended Washington University School of Medicine where she graduated with her M.D. in 2001. She completed her Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2005 at Brigham Women’s/Massachusetts's General Hospital and went on to complete her Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine in 2008 at Brigham Women’s Hospital as well. Dr. Stuebe obtained her MSc in Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health in 2008. She has been American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology certified since 2010.
Dr. Stuebe is Assistant Professor for the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine. Her research focuses on modifiable risk factors for metabolic disease in the perinatal period, and she has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications on gestational diabetes, pregnancy-associated weight gain, and the maternal health effects of lactation. Current research projects include the effects of postpartum depression on breastfeeding physiology, the role of subclinical infection in breast pain, and the etiology of racial and ethnic disparities in breastfeeding. In the clinical arena, she leads an interdisciplinary team of UNC clinicians that is developing new approaches to management of breastfeeding difficulties. Her areas of interest include Breastfeeding and Lactation Consultation; Gestational Diabetes; and Postpartum Depression.
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Brigham and Women’s Hospital Fellowship, Maternal and Child Health (professional)
Brigham and Women’s Hospital Fellowship, Maternal and Child Health
Washington University School of Medicine: M.D., Medicine 2001
Duke University: B.S., Biology 1995
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Reports Linking SSRIs With Autism Are Greatly Exaggerated
The Huffington Post online
The headline is scary: "Maternal exposure to anti-depressant SSRIs linked to autism in children." The Washington Post asserted that a study published Monday provides the "strongest evidence yet" that antidepressants during pregnancy may be linked with autism spectrum disorders in children. A press release was less nuanced: "Taking antidepressants during pregnancy increases risk of autism by 87 percent."...
Breastfeeding Reduces Risk Of Breast Cancer And Diabetes For Mothers, New Studies Find
And there are other benefits for moms who breast feed, too. "The normal physiology is breastfeeding after pregnancy," Alison Stuebe, an assistant professor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, told Scientific American. When women cannot or choose not to breastfeed, she explained, "there are myriad consequences, and we're just figuring them out."...
The Surprising Health Benefit Women May Get From Breastfeeding
Health News online
Breastfeeding seems to reset the body’s metabolism after the metabolic chaos of pregnancy, said Dr. Alison Stuebe, an assistant professor of maternal-fetal medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill...
The Impact Breastfeeding Struggles Can Have On Mothers' Mental Health
The Huffington Post online
"There’s always a tension between descriptive research and 'doing something' to fix a problem," Dr. Alison Stuebe, an OB-GYN and assistant professor of maternal and child health at the University of North Carolina, told The Huffington Post. "It’s not surprising that women whose breastfeeding comes undone are more likely to be depressed."...
A nested case-control study of midgestation vitamin D deficiency and risk of severe preeclampsiaThe Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
2010 Context: Vitamin D may be important in the pathogenesis of severe preeclampsia. Given the few effective preventive strategies for severe preeclampsia, studies establishing this link are needed so that effective interventions can be developed.
Duration of lactation and risk factors for maternal cardiovascular diseaseObstetrics and Gynecology
2009 Objective: To examine dose-response relationships between the cumulative number of months women lactated and postmenopausal risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
The risks of not breastfeeding for mothers and infantsReviews in Obstetrics and Gynecology
2009 Abstract: Health outcomes in developed countries differ substantially for mothers and infants who formula feed compared with those who breastfeed. For infants, not being breastfed is associated with an increased incidence of infectious morbidity, as well as elevated risks of ...
Associations of diet and physical activity during pregnancy with risk for excessive gestational weight gainAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
2009 Objective: We sought to identify modifiable risk factors for excessive gestational weight gain (GWG).
Duration of lactation and incidence of type 2 diabetesJAMA
2005 Design, Setting, and Participants: Prospective observational cohort study of 83 585 parous women in the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) and retrospective observational cohort study of 73 418 parous women in the Nurses’ Health Study II (NHS II).