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Maternity Research

Maternity research is very active at UHD.  We have several studies looking at:

  • Ways to prevent and treat high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia in pregnancy
  • Improving stop smoking methods
  • Understanding more about how perineal trauma effects mums
  • Issues surrounding twin pregnancies 

By taking part in research, you will also help answer important questions that will improve outcomes and benefit pregnant women and families for years to come.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Our biggest study is looking at newborn genetic screening for SMA which can be done as part of your baby’s routine heel prick test on day 5 after birth.

SMA is a rare disorder, 1 baby every 5 days is born with it in the UK. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical.  This clip shows a brother and sister both with SMA and the difference early detection can make: SMA diagnosis - YouTube

If you would like more information about the SMA study click here

To register your interest, please complete this SMA contact form

Taking part in research is voluntary; it is entirely up to you to decide whether this is something you would like to do.  Please contact us if you would like more information on any of our studies or would like to take part.

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Tel: 0300 019 2932

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