We are pleased to share with you A Little Helping Hand, an initiative launched by The Kensington Wing and CW+, the official charity of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Sadly, each year millions of babies and families are affected by premature births, complications during pregnancy and birth defects. However, in many cases these complications could be prevented.
As a leading centre for maternity and paediatric services, we are funding vital research to give babies and families everything they need for the best start in life.
Preventing premature birth
This research covers three key areas. In the UK, premature birth affects around 56,000 pregnancies every year, and we will be conducting a series of comprehensive medical studies to identify at risk mothers, predict the timing of premature birth and delay premature birth.
Reducing metabolic complications in pregnancy
Our research studies aim to reduce the occurrence of gestational diabetes and its impact on the child. We are focusing on women who have had a diagnosis of gestational diabetes in their current pregnancy, as well as intervening in women who are at risk of gestational diabetes before they get pregnant for the first time.
Understanding and treating heart disease in pregnancy
We are investigating how childbirth affects heart function, the safest form of anticoagulation in women with a metallic heart valve, and which medication best controls a mother’s blood pressure and heart rhythm but has the least impact on a baby’s growth.
To find out more and speak to the team about a donation, visit CW+’s website.