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Take part in research

  • ARM trial – improving method of induction of labour
  • C*Steroid study – reducing the risk of breathing problems for babies born by planned caesarean
  • FIIX study – comparing fertility procedures
  • GEMS study – examining the best criteria for testing diabetes during pregnancy
  • Melatonin in Pregnancy study – investigating long-term outcomes for babies affected by growth restrictions
  • MaPINO Study – Do inflammatory conditions influence a child’s development
  • Placenta (whenua) donation – investigate the placenta's role in a healthy pregnancy

ARM Trial

This research aims to find out whether it is better to perform an Artificial Rupture of Membranes
(ARM, or having your water broken) at the start of an induction of labour, or whether it is better to wait until later in labour. 

If you are having an induction of labour after 37 weeks, you may be eligible to participate in this trial. 

Visit the ARM Trial website() and speak with your midwife or doctor for more information.

C*Steroid Study

Can we safely reduce the risk of breathing problems for newborn babies by giving corticosteroid injections to their mothers before a planned caesarean section?

This trial is underway at Auckland Hospital and Liggins Institute, The University of Auckland. This trial may be suitable for you if you are having a planned caesarean section at 35 – 39+6 weeks of pregnancy. Find our more at the C*STEROID Trial website() or contact the team at You can also watch this informational video().

FIIX study

The FIIX Study is a clinical trial comparing the two main fertility procedures available through public funding in New Zealand – The Fertility and In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) and Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI) trial in couples with unexplained infertility.

Couples with unexplained infertility who have been accepted for publicly funded fertility treatment are suitable to participate.

For more information, visit the FIIX study website()

GEMS study

The GEMS Study is examining the best criteria for testing for diabetes during pregnancy. This study has now completed recruitment. 

Melatonin in Pregnancy Study

The aim of this study is to investigate if long-term outcomes for babies affected by growth restriction (where baby doesn’t grow as well as expected), can be improved by a maternal melatonin supplement in pregnancy. These very small babies are at risk of harm to their brains while developing inside mum. Melatonin, a naturally occurring anti-oxidant may be able to reduce this risk.

If you are pregnant with a growth-restricted baby (FGR) and 23-31+6 weeks pregnant you may be eligible for this international trial.

Find out more on the Liggins Institute website()()() or contact the Research Midwives on 021 0831 4824 /

Maternal Psoriasis and Infant Neurodevelopmental Outcomes (MaPINO) Study

Do inflammatory conditions, such as psoriasis, influence a child’s development? We have designed a study to research this question and are inviting pregnant women with and without psoriasis to take part. All women will have dedicated surveillance of their psoriasis (and dermatology review if needed), and all children will get a full neurodevelopmental assessment at two years of age (plus a small gift and parking and travel expenses). Women less than 15 weeks pregnant will also have blood tests to look at markers of inflammation.

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact: Ms Susan Law Research Nurse, p. 021 744 958 or email

For more information, please visit the MaPINO study web page()

Placenta (whenua) Donation

Are you interested in donating your placenta (whenua) to help better our understanding of this important organ and its role in a healthy pregnancy?

Together with Auckland Hospital researchers at the University of Auckland are studying placentae (whenua) to understand the causes of complications in pregnancy, such as pre-eclampsia and growth restriction. By studying placentae we can learn more about why problems may arise in certain pregnancies and improve care for mothers and babies in the future.

Donations are invited from:

  • pregnancies affected by pre-eclampsia and/or small-for-gestational-age babies
  • healthy women (no form of Diabetes) having healthy babies up to 40 weeks (control)

If you are interested in assisting with this valuable research by donating (part or all) of your whenua, please call the Research Midwives on 021 0831 4824 (Monday to Friday between 8am and 3pm) or email and they will be happy to answer any of your questions.