Fetal blood flows, maternal sleep patterns and pregnancy outcomes study

Project type/s Cohort study
Project status Currently underway

We have found the combination of low fetal cerebroplacental ratio (CPR) and low maternal serum placental growth factor (PlGF) at term defines women with an increased risk of fetal compromise in labour. It's likely that both placental dysfunction and fetal circulatory changes begin earlier in pregnancy. Investigation of the evolution of these circulatory changes as well as changes in placental biomarkers is a reasonable next step. Furthermore it's known that maternal haemodynamics are influenced by maternal posture that impacts on uterine perfusion. This study will ascertain if maternal sleep position influences fetoplacental blood flow and levels of placental biomarkers in maternal circulation and their effect in obstetric and neonatal outcomes.

Team Members

  • Prof Sailesh Kumar Surendran - Team Role: Principal Investigator
  • Helen Sherrell - Team Role: Co-Investigator
  • Jessica Turner - Team Role: Co-Investigator
  • Larissa Bligh - Team Role: Co-Investigator
  • Liam Dunn - Team Role: Co-Investigator
  • Nicole Brown - Team Role: Student Researcher