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Preterm birth is the largest cause of death and disability in children under 5  in developed countries.

Why? You ask - we find.

With almost 3000 babies born prematurely each year in Western Australia, premature birth is the number one cause of death and disability for children under five in the developed world. We need your help so that our researchers can seek to answer questions like Hayley’s (pictured).

Through targeted research, WIRF’s goal is to prevent children like Hayley being born too early. Through our WA Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative (The Whole Nine Months) we have already reduced the rate of preterm birth across the state by 8% in just one year. That's almost 200 families prevented from having a preterm birth and the prospect of long-term care and permanent disability for their child.

This same research program has been recognised as a 'Report of Major Impact', providing new information and guidelines for the global health community to effect positive change in their own regions.

Through this report, our Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative is making a difference not only here in WA, but also Australia-wide and internationally. Please help us to continue to lower this rate even further - 8 down 92 to go.

All donations, no matter how large or small, make a huge difference to helping our researchers find the answers. You can donate through our secure online facility anytime using a credit card. Your gift will be receipted to your email instantly. Donations over $2 are tax deductible, so make your donation before 30th June to claim your deduction for this year.

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Hayley's Story

Hayley was born at just 24 weeks gestation and spent three months in hospital as a result of her early birth. She weighed just 740 grams at birth, equivalent to a tub and half of butter. Because of Hayley’s early birth she suffered multiple health problems including retinopathy, difficulty feeding,and ongoing issues with her breathing.