Fertility issues, IVF, conception, the pregnancy cycle, birth and postnatal care are critical areas supported by The Hospital Research Foundation Group.
We are proud to be funding research that helps people have healthy families.
Pregnancy and Birth Support
Developing a non-invasive test using light to accurately assess whether an embryo is healthy during the IVF process, so more healthy embryos can be transferred leading to greater IVF success rates and less miscarriages and grief for families.
Progressing research on understanding why some women develop low breast milk supply and developing better medications for treating low breast milk supply in mothers.
Providing training to rural and remote doctors and midwives as part of our ‘Healthy Newborn Project’ so they can administer ultrasounds on pregnant mothers and babies in regional communities.
Investigating ways to predict and prevent pre-eclampsia, a common pregnancy complication which can cause organ failure, blood clotting, restricted growth of the baby and even death in mother and baby.
Undertaking a clinical trial to determine whether a baby’s lack of exposure to peanuts and eggs in the womb and via breastmilk increases their chances of developing an allergy to those foods.
Investigating how chronic pelvic pain develops in endometriosis to help identify new treatments for women to improve their pain and prevent devastating infertility issues.
Helping newborn babies thrive and avoid complications through the purchase of two lifesaving infant warmers, called ‘panda warmers’ for Lyell McEwin Hospital’s maternity ward.
Continuing to refine the optimal iron treatments needed for pregnant women who are iron deficient to ensure the safety and long-term outcome of both mother and baby.
Offering a unique follow-up clinic for women at Lyell McEwin Hospital who had a complication during pregnancy, who are now at higher risk of developing premature heart disease before the age of 55.
Developing new prevention and treatment strategies for postpartum vaginal and perineal infections.