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The Auckland University Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology is based on the 12th floor in Auckland City Hospital. 

The department has a strong research base. It houses the Research Centre in Reproductive Medicine and the Cochrane Menstrual Disorders and Sub-fertility Review Group.The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology exists to improve the reproductive health of all women and the welfare of their babies. This is achieved through advancement of knowledge, encouragement and conduct of research, education, leadership and innovation in health care.

You can find more information on current research here.


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Preeclampsia and intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) are common complications during pregnancy that can cause long lasting health effects for mother and baby in later life. It is believed both conditions are caused by abnormal development of the placenta (whenua/after-birth) and can often recur in future pregnancies. There are several therapies that have been studied to prevent these diseases but, until now, none have been proven to be very effective.

Heparin is a drug that prevents blood clots and may help the placenta to develop well. Some studies have suggested that heparin may reduce the risk of preeclampsia and IUGR but this has not been properly assessed in well designed randomised  trials.

Our study invites women who have had a previous pregnancy severely affected by these conditions to take part. Half of the women in the study will receive a low molecular weight heparin injection each day as part of their high risk antenatal care and the other half will receive high risk antenatal care without the injections. All women will be monitored very closely. At the end of the study we will be able to determine if the recurrence of preeclampsia and IUGR is reduced by the use of low molecular weight heparin.

The study has been recruiting women at Auckland City Hospital since 2010 and recruitment is on-going. We are now also recruiting women in Melbourne and hope to be recruiting in Toronto by the end of 2012. If you would like more information about this study, please visit or contact one of the study investigators


Dr Katie Groom
Mobile: 021 245 9622


Dr Claire McLintock
Mobile : 021 288 8748

Janet Callender - Research Midwife

Mobile: 021 061 4801

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