New Life through Research

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Personal stories

Nurture is proud to have made a difference to the lives of many of the New Zealanders featured here, whose personal journeys through the anguish of childlessness or complicated pregnancies have been successful.

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Our research

Here a team of scientists and researchers are dedicated to finding causes, preventions and treatments for reproductive disorders.

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How to help?

By making a donation you'll help give hundreds of New Zealanders a chance to do something most of us take for granted: the chance to nurture a child of their own.

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About us

The Nurture Foundation for Reproductive Research is committed to helping New Zealanders have families. Established in 1992, Nurture is a charity which supports research into reproductive health. Our world-class research centre is located within the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department of The University of Auckland. Here a team of scientists and researchers is dedicated to finding causes, preventions and treatments for reproductive disorders:

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Bringing new life into the world is more than just a fundamental desire that touches almost every human being.

The birth of a child also gives parents, families and society a sense of purpose and hope for the future that is essential for human survival. Sadly, for many New Zealanders, the joy of raising a family may never be realized.

  • One in six couples experience infertility.

  • One in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage.

  • One in five first-time mothers is at risk of serious pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia or preterm birth.

  • Nearly 600 babies are stillborn or die within 28 days of birth in New Zealand every year.

The Nurture Foundation for Reproductive Research is committed to helping New Zealanders have families. Through research we aim to find new ways to predict and prevent reproductive problems, and improve treatments for couples unable to conceive or carry a child safely to term. The safe delivery of a healthy, full-term baby is the goal of our research.

With your help we can give hundreds of New Zealanders the chance to do something many of us take for granted: the chance to nurture a child of their own.

Identifying Risk Factors for Stillbirth

Results from The Auckland Stillbirth Study show sleep position in late pregnancy could increase the risk of stillbirth.

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Report's Grim Statistics

Statistics released in November 2009 revealed 677 babies were stillborn in 2007.

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Antenala Test a Life Saver

Statistics released in November 2009 revealed 677 babies were stillborn in 2007.

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Research Sets New Quit Time

Findings from the Scope Study show the importance of stopping smoking before 15 weeks pregnancy

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Good Oil on Childbirth

Lipiodol treatment offers an alternative to IVF for some infertile couples.

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Allyson Gofton Becomes an Ambassador for Nurture

Allyson Gofton became Nurture's first Ambassador on Mothers Day 2007

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Brihony and Michael

Michael and Brihony were both under 35 when they decided to start trying for children, and neither thought they would have any difficulties. Brihony conceived easily, but her first pregnancy didn’t last. While upset about miscarrying, Brihony coped because she thought most women have at least one miscarriage.

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Noemi & Ding

Thirty year old Noemi and her husband Ding have been trying for six years to have a baby. They managed to get pregnant easily at first, but lost the baby after seven weeks. It took another full year for Noemi to become pregnant again, but this pregnancy also ended in miscarriage.

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Robyn and Jonathan

Sitting and looking around the SANDS (Stillborn and Neo-natal Death Support) group, I was struck by the similarities we shared. Not only did most of them look like Jonathan and myself – ordinary, rational, thirty-somethings – but our stories held the same themes. The losses of our newborn children were for many different causes, but the experiences of denial, desperate hope, and shock are the same.

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Karyn and Lexie

Karyn and Gareth had only just started antenatal classes and were beginning to relax about their pregnancy when Karyn found herself admitted to National Women’s Hospital. Like most first-time mothers, Karyn felt the most dangerous phase of pregnancy had passed once she had reached 29 weeks.

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Involve Your Company

Supporting an important social cause such as the Nurture Foundation can be extremely rewarding for your business. In return, we can offer you the opportunity to enhance your brand by being associated with the caring, compassionate and ‘nurturing’ values that are inherent in our brand.

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Nurture Action Group

Become a supporter of The Nurture Foundation by joining the Nurture Action Group (NAG). This is an informal group of volunteers who are offering to contribute some of their time and skills to raising awareness and funds for Nurture. The Nurture Action Group has helped to organise a variety of successful fundraising events for nurture. There are more events in the pipeline, and plenty of scope for your fundraising ideas too!

Please email nurture@auckland.ac.nz to find out more.


Having a child is arguably the most important thing you do in life.

Robert Winston

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