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Big Give 2018 Freya's story

“It was all such a shock. I had complete faith in the medical team, but it was so surreal. When you’re pregnant you just assume it’s all going to be OK. I did know that premature birth happens but you never think it’s going to happen to you.”

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This Christmas your donation to Action Medical Research can doubled for free through The Big Give Christmas Challenge which runs from midday on 27 November 2018 and closes at midday on 4 December 2018.
 

Developing a new test to identify women at risk of premature birth

In the UK, more than 61,000 babies are born prematurely – before 37 weeks of pregnancy – each year and sadly, more than 1,000 will die. Children who survive can experience lifelong disabilities such as cerebral palsy, learning difficulties, blindness and hearing loss. Although the causes of preterm birth are often not understood, one factor may be how a woman’s body deals with mild infections in the birth canal during pregnancy. Professor Rachel Tribe at King’s College London is aiming to develop a new screening test that can help identify pregnant women who are at increased risk of early delivery. She hopes this will help save children’s lives and reduce the risk of long-term complications from being born too soon. 
 
With Freya now a year old, family life is relaxed and happy but things could have turned out very differently, because Freya was born three months early weighing just 2lbs 4oz after Steph developed a life-threatening pregnancy complication.
 
You can read more about Freya's story here .
 

Our target

We are hoping to raise £34,000 to help fund Professor Rachel Tribe who hopes to develop a new screening test that can help identify pregnant women who are at increased risk of early delivery. If successful, this test would enable the appropriate steps to be taken to protect babies from being born too soon – saving more lives and reducing the risk of long-term complications.But we need your help. 
 

How you can help

The Big Give Christmas Challenge runs from midday on 27 November 2018 and closes at midday on 4 December 2018.
 
By donating through the Big Give Christmas Challenge you can help children in the future. 
 
Donations can be made using a credit / debit card and we would greatly appreciate your support, however much you can afford to give.
 
Action Medical Research and Borne are jointly funding this research.
 
If you would like to pledge your support before 27 November, please complete the form below and we will get back in touch once the Christmas Challenge goes live.
 

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