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Taking part in prematurity research

You may be asked if you would consider taking part in research into premature birth. We explain what this might involve.

There is still so much we don't know about why premature birth happens, what the consequences are, and how to deliver the best care to premature babies. Scientists are searching for answers and they need parents' help. This is because new knowledge required to improve care for the babies of tomorrow must come from studying the babies of today. The UK has a strong track record of newborn research which has helped shape the clinical practices that have resulted in improved survival rates after preterm birth.

Finding out more about premature birth

At some point, one of the healthcare team may ask you if you would consider involving yourself or your baby in a study. If this happens, they will explain the study to you in detail and will ask you to sign a consent form.

How it works

Any research must follow strict ethical guidelines. Participating in a study is voluntary, and you don't need to agree to anything without being given full information. You can also change your mind at any point.

Why your input will help premature babies

Taking part will give you the opportunity to help develop knowledge and contribute to the care of babies in the future. Whether or not you decide to participate will not affect the care of your baby in any way.

Review dates

Last reviewed: 5 October, 2016
Next review: 5 October, 2019