premature birth research
Scientists are working to find out how chronic hypertension – high blood pressure before becoming pregnant – can make pregnancy more risky.
High blood pressure in pregnancy has risks for both mother and baby. However, there is no agreement about whether antihypertensive drugs should be given for non-severe hypertension in pregnancy.
Tommy’s have collaborated with Microlife Ltd to create a simple, accurate way of measuring blood pressure anywhere in the world.
The PHOENIX trial exists to find the best way of caring for women with pre-eclampsia during this “window” of pregnancy.
We don’t know enough about the risks and benefits of the drugs used to treat severe mental illness during pregnancy. Tommy’s is trying to change this.
Researchers supported by Tommy’s want to find out for certain if a drug can be used to protect babies against stillbirth and premature birth in women with a common liver disease.
CLAHRC South London is a body of researchers, doctors and NHS managers working to improve healthcare south of the River Thames. Two studies are currently looking at pregnancy care: “Birth and Beyond” and “POPPiE”.
Tommy’s Edinburgh centre is taking part in a national trial to see if a simple device can lower the risks of premature birth for twins.
Our researchers have found that a natural substance made in the vagina and cervix could help us tell whether a woman will go into early labour. The team hope this could lead to new ways to prevent premature birth.
Researchers in Tommy’s Manchester centre are using a sensitive blood pressure machine to try and find women who are at risk of needing early delivery.