Stillbirth has been a focus of research in the Department for more than 20 years. Some of our previous studies in 2002-2004 led to identification of low PAPP-A in early pregnancy as a predictor of stillbirth and enhanced surveillance for women with low levels of PAPP-A is now a feature of routine care in the NHS.
In 2008 we started the Pregnancy Outcome Prediction Study (POPS) and in 2020 we embarked on POPS2, studies which aim to identify tests which can predict complications associated with stillbirth. Our work aims to modernise methods for assessing the risk of complications of pregnancy associated with dysfunction of the key organ which sustains the baby in the womb, i.e. the placenta.
Researchers in the department study this at every level, from the molecular factors involved in normal and abnormal function of the placenta, through to clinical studies which aim to develop new tests to predict and to detect the placental dysfunction which causes many stillbirths.
“This week we acknowledge the millions of women who have lost a baby, but every week we are working to try and reduce the number of women who will experience this tragedy in the future.”
Professor Gordon Smith, Head of Department, Sands Ambassador
Baby Loss Awareness Week is now in it 20th year!
“Baby Loss Awareness Week is a wonderful opportunity to bring us together as a community and give anyone touched by pregnancy and baby loss a safe and supportive space to share their experiences and feel that they are not alone.”
Sands, Baby Loss Awareness Alliance
Department staff are participating in a number of activities throughout the week to acknowledge, support and raise funds. This will culminate with a group taking part in the 5Km Ribbon Walk on Saturday 15th October. If you would like to contribute to this event please visit our funding page.