MERCY HOSPITAL AND MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY ARE RESEARCHING WAYS TO END STILLBIRTH. ALL MY PROFITS ARE BEING DONATED TO THIS RESEARCH.
DETECTING BABIES AT RISK
The research effort is centered on detecting babies that are at risk of stillbirth because the placenta is failing to cope with the increasing oxygen and nutritional demands of the fetus.
A BREAKTHROUGH IS IMMINENT
The team at Mercy Perinatal and Melbourne University have identified genetic and protein markers in the maternal blood stream as well as markers on ultrasound to detect babies that may be experiencing reduced oxygen or nutritional support from the placenta. The next step is to validate these new markers of placental insufficiency so that doctors can target these babies for closer surveillance and safely deliver them before stillbirth occurs.
IT'S TIME THE STILLBIRTH RATE WENT DOWN
Stillbirth is one of the most neglected global human tragedies, with 3 million lives lost to stillbirth every year at a rate of around 1 in 130 pregnancies in developed countries. In the last three decades, the rate of stillbirth has remained completely unchanged. It’s time we brought the stillbirth rate down!
HELP THE STILLBIRTH RATE GO DOWN
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