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Test aims to make pregnancy safer

Research midwife Suzanne Moody and her colleagues are investigating ways to identify women who are at risk of developing complications in pregnancy. They will then develop a test for all mums to be, so their babies have the best possible start in life. Explains Suzanne:By looking at ultrasound scans and markers that show up in blood tests, we can identify the signs that women may be at risk of conditions like pre-eclampsia or pre-term birth. These conditions can be life-threatening to both mother and baby. The next step is to develop a simple test for all pregnant women, so that those at risk can receive extra monitoring and treatment to help stop these conditions developing. It will also mean we can reassure low risk mums, and make the best use of specialist facilities. Thanks to extra resources available through the new Manchester Biomedical Research Centre, the project to identify mums at risk is being extended, and the scientific development of the blood test will also take place in Manchester.