Laura Hitchings, BScM, ACRP-CP

Clinical Research Program Manager, Prenatal Pediatrics Institute

Laura Hitchings, BScM, ACRP-CP, is Clinical Research Program Manager for the Prenatal Pediatrics Institute at Children’s National. The Irish-trained midwife has been managing the Children’s National Inova Collaborative Research Program (CNICA) since 2017. Laura has been involved in clinical research for the past seven years and has extensive experience in both PI-initiated and large-scale clinical projects. She graduated from Trinity College and completed her training as a midwife in The Rotunda Hospital, both in Dublin. Her research interests include high-risk pregnancy, preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) and delayed cord clamping (DCC).

Address: 111 Michigan Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
Email: fetalbrain@childrensnational.org
Department: MRI Lab

Recent Publications & Presentations

Hitchings L, Rodriguez M, Persaud R, Gomez L.
The effect of delayed cord clamping on blood sugar levels on 34-36 week neonates exposed to late preterm antenatal steroids.
The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine. 2020 Oct 12:1-8. doi: 10.1080/14767058.2020.1832074. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33043779. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33043779/
Sanapo L, Al-Shargabi T, Ahmadzia HK, Schidlow DN, Donofrio MT, Hitchings L, Khoury A, Larry Maxwell G, Baker R, Bulas DI, Gomez LM, du Plessis AJ.
Fetal acute cerebral vasoreactivity to maternal hyperoxia in low-risk pregnancies: a cross-sectional study.
Prenatal Diagnosis. 2020 Jun;40(7):813-824. doi: 10.1002/pd.5694. Epub 2020 Apr 20. PMID: 32274806. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32274806/
Mulkey SB, Govindan RB, Hitchings L, Al-Shargabi T, Herrera N, Swisher CB, Eze A Jr, Russo S, Schlatterer SD, Jacobs MB, McCarter R, Kline A, Maxwell GL, Baker R, du Plessis AJ.
Autonomic nervous system maturation in the premature extrauterine milieu.
Pediatric Research. 2020 May 12. doi: 10.1038/s41390-020-0952-0. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32396923. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32396923/
Mulkey SB, Govindan R, Metzler M, Swisher CB, Hitchings L, Wang Y, Baker R, Larry Maxwell G, Krishnan A, du Plessis AJ.
Heart rate variability is depressed in the early transitional period for newborns with complex congenital heart disease.
Clinical Autonomic Research. 2020 Apr;30(2):165-172. doi: 10.1007/s10286-019-00616-w. Epub 2019 Jun 25. PMID: 31240423; PMCID: PMC6930356. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31240423/
Mulkey SB, Kota S, Govindan RB, Al-Shargabi T, Swisher CB, Eze A Jr, Hitchings L, Russo S, Herrera N, McCarter R, Maxwell GL, Baker R, du Plessis AJ.
The effect of labor and delivery mode on electrocortical and brainstem autonomic function during neonatal transition.
Scientific Reports. 2019 Jul 30;9(1):11020. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-47306-1. PMID: 31363124; PMCID: PMC6667470. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31363124/