The Triple B Pregnancy Cohort Study (Bumps, Babies and Beyond) is an innovative new Australian study of 1800-2000 families. The project is a longitudinal birth cohort which examines a wide range of biopsychosocial factors that relate to the health and development of Australian children and families. Importantly, the project has a key focus on examining the impacts of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use in pregnant women and their partners during the prenatal period on infant development and family functioning. The results of this study will inform public health and treatment initiatives that improve the health and well-being of Australian children and families.This project is sometimes referred to by its scientific title, ‘The impact of parental alcohol, tobacco and other substance use on infant development and family functioning’.


Study Summary
Study name The Triple B Pregnancy Cohort Study (Bumps, Babies and Beyond)
Study abbreviation Triple B
Current principal investigator/s Dr Delyse Hutchinson – Triple B Scientific Director
Professor Richard Mattick – NHMRC Principal Research Fellow
Current project manager Dr Delyse Hutchinson
Primary Institution University of New South Wales (UNSW)
Collaborating Institution/s Curtin University
Deakin University
University of Queensland
University of Sydney
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Macquarie University
Major funding sources National Health and Medical Research Council
Study website
Key reference for study (published study protocol) Under peer review
Are data available to others outside study team? Yes, with formal approval from study investigators only
Study focus (e.g. social development) Effects of substance use (alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs) during pregnancy by women and partners on infant development and family functioning.
Sampling frame Women attending antenatal services attached to major hospitals, and specialist drug and alcohol antenatal services, in New South Wales and Western Australia.
Study type (e.g. randomised control trial, cohort, case-control) Cohort
Year commenced 2009
Ongoing recruitment? No
Commencement sample (N) 1,623 families
Intergenerational (e.g. offspring)? No
Imaging (e.g. fMRI, ultrasound, retinal photograph)? No
Linkage (e.g. BioGrid, VPDC, NAPLAN, Medicare)? No
Biosamples (e.g. buccal, blood, hair)? Buccal
Ethics approvals or requirements (e.g. specific, extended, unspecified, other)? This project only (Specific consent)
Future research related to this project (Extended consent)
Year Age (mean, range) Eligible sample (not deceased, not withdrawn)
2009-2013 Prenatal – Trimester 1 1,623 families
2009-2013 Prenatal – Trimester 2
2009-2013 Prenatal – Trimester 3
2009-2013 Birth
2009-2013 8 weeks of age
2010-2014 12 months of age

Triple B Scientific Director

Dr Delyse Hutchinson

Ph: +61 425 218 628

NHMRC Principal Research Fellow

Professor Richard Mattick

Ph:+61 2 9385 0333