Lifestyle Interventions For Expectant Moms (LIFE-Moms) is a consortium with an overall goal to identify effective behavioral and lifestyle interventions. The study at Washington University in St. Louis reduced excessive gestational weight gain and postpartum weight retention in low income African American women that received a home-based lifestyle intervention delivered through Parents as Teachers.

Project Staff

Principal Investigators: Debra Haire-Joshu, PhD; Samuel Klein, MD; Kelle Moley, MD

Co-Investigators: W. Todd Cade, PT, PhD;  Alison Cahill, MD; Amit Mathur, MD; Rick Stein, PhD

Research Team: Carla Chung, RN, BSN; Jessica Bergman; Dianne Bonfili; Ronni Byrth; Sharon Graham; Tara O’Shaughnessy, MPH, MS, RD; Cindy Schwarz; MPH, MS, RD; Candice Woolfork, PhD, MPH

Graduate Research Assistants: ShaCoria Winston, Leah Gable

Project Partners

Parents as Teachers, Barnes Jewish Hospital OB-GYN Clinic, Affinia Healthcare

Project Dates: 2011-2019
Funding Source

National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases


Tabak RG, Furtado K, Schwarz CD, Haire-Joshu D. 2020. Neighborhood Perceptions Among Pregnant African American Women in St. Louis, Missouri, Before and After the Shooting of Michael Brown. Health Equity. 4(1):353-361. 

Phelan S, Clifton RG, Haire-Joshu D, Redman LM, Van Horn L, Evans M, Joshipura K, Couch KA, Arteaga SS, Cahill AG, Drews KL, Franks PW, Gallagher D, Josefson JL, Klein S, Knowler WC, Martin CK, Peaceman AM, Thom EA, Wing RR, Yanovski SZ, Pi-Sunyer X; LIFE-Moms Research Group. 2020. One-year postpartum anthropometric outcomes in mothers and children in the LIFE-Moms lifestyle intervention clinical trials. Int J Obes (Lond). 44(1):57-68.

Haire-Joshu D, Cahill AG, Stein RI, Cade WT, Woolfolk CL, Moley K, Mathur A, Schwarz CD, Schechtman KB, Klein S. 2019.  Randomized Controlled Trial of Home-Based Lifestyle Therapy on Postpartum Weight in Underserved Women with Overweight or Obesity. Obesity. 27(4):535-541.

Cahill, A.G., Haire-Joshu, D., Cade, W.T., Stein, R.I., Woolfolk, C.L., Moley, K., Mathur, A., Schechtman, K., Klein, S. 2018. Weight Control Program and Gestational Weight Gain in Disadvantaged Women with Overweight or Obesity: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Obesity. 26(3):485-491.

Clifton, R.G., Evans, M., Cahill, A.G., Franks, P.W., Gallagher, D., Phelan, S., Pomeroy, J., Redman, L.M., Van Horn, L., LIFE-Moms Research Group. 2016. Design of Lifestyle Intervention Trials to Prevent Excessive Gestational Weight Gain in Women with Overweight and Obesity. Obesity. 24(2):305-13.


Tabak RG, Furtado K, Schwarz CD, Haire-Joshu D. Neightborhood Perceptions among Pregnant African-American Women in St. Louis, MO Before and After the Shooting of Micheal Brown Jr. Institute of Public Health at Washington University’s Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO, United States. (October, 2019)


Home-based lifestyle intervention minimizes maternal weight gain

By Neil Schoenherr on March 26, 2019