If you’re expecting a baby, or have given birth in the last few days or weeks, we’d love it if you’d consider enrolling in our research study. We are looking for babies who were born early and also a group of full-term babies, born close to their due date. Here you can find out more about who is eligible to sign-up for the study.

Can my baby and I join the study?

We hope that 400 babies who are born at the Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health will eventually join the study.

The main focus of the study is premature babies (called ‘cases’). If your baby was born at less than 32 weeks, and their original due date has not yet gone by, you are eligible to take part. Please get in touch with our team.

We are also recruiting a comparison group of babies born at full term (called ‘controls’). This means babies who were born at more than 36 weeks, and who are no more than 2 or 3 weeks old right now, are eligible to take part. We know that even though there are more babies born roughly “on time” than babies born early, it is always harder to find families in this group who are willing to take part in research.  So if you have a new, full-term baby we would really urge you to consider enrolling.

Some babies will not be able to take part if they are born with certain conditions such as a heart defect, brain or spine defect or Downs Syndrome.   Also, babies who develop certain conditions during pregnancy will not be able to take part. Finally, babies who cannot have an MRI scan (for example if they have an implanted medical device) would not be able to take part. If you’re not sure, please get in touch and we will be happy to help you work out whether you and your baby can join the study.