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Mothers and Babies Research Centre

Research into Pregnancy, Birth and Early Childhood

We’ve all heard stories about pregnancy and birth.  Good and wonderful stories as well as difficult ones. Stories told by family, friends or friends of friends.  Every birth is important and special.  Every birth is a story.

As you go on your pregnancy journey, will you please help us to learn more about birth?

We are the Mothers and Babies Research Centre at HMRI, a team of world class researchers located beside the John Hunter Hospital. Our team includes midwives, nurses, doctors, Aboriginal health practitioners, artists and statisticians.  We are working to develop treatments to do the following:

  • Help premature babies by making sure that they don’t suffer long term effects from missing out on those last weeks in the uterus (womb).
  • Identify and prevent fetal growth restriction, where babies don’t grow as much as they should, perhaps because of a problem with the placenta, high blood pressure or an infection.
  • Prevent stillbirth caused by the placenta not doing its job correctly.

You don’t have to have any complications to help us. Even if your pregnancy and birth story turn out to be just exactly as planned, the data we will collect is still very useful.  These examples are just a few of the things we are working on.

Women from every walk of life, all cultures, beliefs and communities are welcome to participate in our research programs.

Full details of the research, including privacy, confidentiality and consent forms are included in this research information document (Click here to download form) Please read these carefully and talk to us if you have any questions or concerns.

How can I be part of this research? Please contact  Annie Wright on  0403 700 641 / Anne.Wright@health.nsw.gov.au

Every piece of information that we collect becomes another tool to help us build medicines and techniques so that mothers everywhere can have a good birth story.

Thank you.