Helping At-risk Mums and Kids
Childbirth is a wonderful thing, except for when it isn’t. Every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world, a baby will die of prematurity. One in 130 Australian pregnancies still end in stillbirth, and high blood pressure in pregnancy remains a major condition that kills 70,000 Third World women every single year.
That’s why the Harold Mitchell Foundation is proud to support the Mercy Perinatal centre at Melbourne’s Mercy Hospital for Women. Linked to the University of Melbourne, and staffed by experts in maternal and foetal medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, ultrasound, radiology and imaging, the Centre provides women with high risk pregnancies with the highest possible standard of care. Maternal mental health is another major focus, along with management of maternal diabetes.
By January 2020, Mercy Perinatal aims to have become a leading international research centre and clinical and educational service. It will be recognised internationally for its outstanding reputation in innovative research and excellence in clinical care.
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