New Zealand endeavours to reduce preterm rates


New Zealand endeavours to reduce preterm rates



New Zealand’s preterm birth rates remain static, and may indeed be increasing, despite decades of research, and the introduction of new therapies and clinical practices.


New Zealand’s preterm birth rates remain static, and may indeed be increasing, despite decades of research, and the introduction of new therapies and clinical practices. A group of researchers at The University of Auckland’s Liggins Institute are looking to change that through an HRC-funded programme exploring the molecular of preterm birth and strategies for preventing it.

Pre term labour affects 6% of all pregnancies and costs $40m per year. 
Evidence suggests that the preterm labour and delivery is continuing to rise in NZ and around the world.
Maori have over 50% greater rates of premature delivery.
Babies born prematurely are 30 times more likely to suffer from cerebral palsy and 10 times more likely to suffer from a disability.
 

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