The WEIS Science, Research, Interventions HUB for Pregnant MOMS (WEIS HUB for MOMS) was formed at University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in 2020 to maximize the academic and social necessity of studying maternal mothers' health before and after giving birth to promote the healthiest families. Dr. Karen Weis’ work, which spans decades, led to the development of an intervention focused on making sure a MOM’s pregnancy has less stress and fewer medical emergencies. 

Dr. Weis's initial research, with data collection beginning in 2001, focused on the mental and physical health of military moms facing pregnancy during spouses/partners deployment. The absence of family and community support affected the women’s anxiety about pregnancy and motherhood, but community support substantially decreased this anxiety. Mothers with increased maternal anxiety were found to have increased incidence of preterm birth and low birthweight infants. A mentoring relationship and a supportive community lead to better outcomes for both mother and newborn The WEIS HUB will continue to work with community and military partners to expand this work taking the M-O-M-S Mentoring Intervention to a broader audience, helping more MOMS.

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The Mothers Offering Maternal Support (M-O-M-S) program was initially formed and piloted 12 years ago by Dr. Karen Weis, Professor and Brigadier General Endowed Chair of Nursing Research, and Principal Investigator of M-O-M-S, at the University of the Incarnate Word, in an effort to build resilient military families through ongoing studies and research.

Published Major Work

Book cover to Psychosocial Adaptation to Pregnancy, Fourth Edition

Psychosocial Adaptation to Pregnancy

Dr. Karen Weis co-authored a 4th edition of the Psychosocial Adaptation to Pregnancy text in 2020. In addition to discussing the seven dimensions of maternal development, this edition includes current synthesis of the literature for pregnancy-specific anxiety to birth outcomes and significant updates in findings for the military pregnancy work.

Book cover to Psychosocial Adaptation to Pregnancy, Third Edition

Psychosocial Adaptation to Pregnancy

Dr. Karen Weis co-authors this 3rd edition, presenting the seven dimensions of maternal role development and adapting the research to successful outcomes for pregnant mothers.

Perinatal Mental Health and the Military Family book cover with a newborn in the arms of a soldier

Perinatal Mental Health and the Military Family

Dr. Karen Weis contributes to this book where the research is identifying and providing treatments for mood and anxiety disorders.