Parents speak up for premature babies | Action Medical Research

Touching Lives - October 2008

Parents speak up for premature babies

The report pulls together the views of 19 of the UK’s top doctors, nurses, researchers and organisations on how to tackle the problem of premature baby death.

During the reception, the politicians heard moving testimony from parents about their experiences of having a premature baby, as well as from researchers who are trying to determine why it is happening.

Fiona Currie, accompanied by husband George and their daughter Eilidh, spoke poignantly about the early birth and death of Eilidh’s twin sister Lauren — highlighting to the assembled politicians that the consequences of premature birth extend far beyond the time in hospital.

Professor Michael Taggart, Chair of Reproductive Sciences at Newcastle, argued that the largest cause of infant mortality in the UK requires urgent government action.

He also outlined the campaign’s call for the government to develop a 10-year National Research Strategy to improve prediction and prevention of premature labour to help more babies be born healthy at term.

More than 90 MPs are now backing the campaign. With your help we can secure the support of more MPs to help force this issue up the political agenda. If you haven’t already, please email your MP and ask them to back the campaign today!

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