Newborn research

From left: Director of the Women's NICU Laura Bignell with Sam Bartlett and her mum Sandra and Prof Della Forster. Sam was born early at the Women's 23 years ago.

We are trying to give all babies, irrespective of their size and maturity at birth, the best chance of growing into healthy adults.

Our big challenges lie with the tiniest babies, those weighing less than one kilogram and more than three months premature. Parents face the real possibility that they may not take these babies home and amongst survivors there are three-fold increased risks of problems with brain development, blindness and deafness. In order to achieve improvements in these odds we are improving the care given to babies immediately after birth, through their time in hospital and beyond to the first critical years at home.