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Pregnancy and Birth

Most prospective mothers anticipate healthy and problem-free pregnancies. However, in reality complications are common, with a quarter of Australian pregnancies affected by one or more conditions that can have serious, lifelong health implications for the mother and her baby.

Pregnant woman having a check-up


The most common conditions affecting Australian pregnancies are preeclampsia, preterm birth, foetal growth restriction and gestational diabetes. Their cost for individuals, families and communities is enormous, and can last a lifetime.

The Robinson Research Institute leads our research in pregnancy and birth and has an outstanding record of success in the area. This success relates to the cross-disciplinary capability and bench-to-bedside approach, which has led to major improvements in the health outcomes of mothers and babies. A more in-depth explanation of this research area is available on the Robinson Research Institute’s website.

Our research centres and institutes working in this area

Our research groups working in this area

Lead researchers

For additional leads in this area of research, please contact Pregnancy and Birth researchers.

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We offer exciting opportunities for researchers at the honours, masters and PhD levels. Our research degrees are open to a broad range of backgrounds, and range from basic sciences to clinical research. If you are interested in human health, consider furthering your research career with us.

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