UCLH Prenatal Therapy Fund

Finding new ways to predict and prevent premature births

Fundraising for UCLH Charity
£23,273
raised of £30,000 target
by 36 supporters
UCLH Charity

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We help University College London Hospitals to to support patients, staff and research

Story

Six out of 100 babies in the UK are born prematurely, before the 37th week of pregnancy. Babies may be born early because a women goes into labour spontaneously. But sometimes babies need to be born early because they are having problems in the womb. Improvements in the care of newborns mean that most premature babies survive and grow up normally despite being born so early. However some babies have long term health problems as a result of being born premature.
Our understanding of premature birth is limited. More research is vital to improve outcomes. We research why the fetal membranes rupture and don't heal, why some women go into labour early and we are developing new therapies. We are testing out new treatments to help babies grow in the womb. 

Our Research
Your donation will directly support our current research programme, which is:
- Developing tests to improve prediction of premature births (£50 per sample)
- Analysing the levels of bacteria in urine (£75 per sample)
- Examining blood proteins to predict the outcome for women with fetal growth problems (£150 per sample)
- Developing new drug and stem cell treatments that could heal the amniotic membrane when it ruptures early (£200 per sample)
- Testing the response of the amniotic membrane to repetitive stretching to find out why they rupture early (£500 per sample)
- Testing new drugs to help small babies grow better in the womb (£1000 per experiment)
Each of these studies involves carrying out tests on 50 to 100 women.
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Stephanie's story:
“I was referred to the preterm birth clinic at UCLH after I suffered a late miscarriage at 25 weeks. I was seen between 18 and 28 weeks. Every two weeks I was screened and tested and fortunately was ok although my cervix length was just over 10mm! My first daughter was born on time. However with my second daughter I attended the clinic again and everything seemed normal until a regular appointment showed that my cervix had opened and my membranes were bulging through! The clinic acted so quickly to get me admitted to hospital and gave me steroids, for the baby’s lungs if I delivered. I am overwhelmed at what this clinic means to me and my family and the lives of my daughters!
Thanks Anna and Team!”

About the charity

UCLH Charity

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RCN 1165398
Please note - from April 2019, our JustGiving page is moving - please head over to www.justgiving.com/uclhcharity to set up your pages - thank you for your ongoing support. UCLH Charity supports patients, staff and medical research at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Donation summary

Total raised
£23,272.10
+ £4,049.75 Gift Aid
Online donations
£16,889.80
Offline donations
£6,382.30

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