27 Jun 2018

Sleep on your side from 28 weeks

From Nine To Noon, 9:53 am on 27 June 2018

New research concludes expectant mothers sleeping on their side in the last trimester helps prevent stillbirth.

While this has been common advice for pregnant women, a decade of research carried out in three countries has confirmed the very consistent association between sleeping position and stillbirth.  

The Sleep on Side; Stillbirth Prevention Campaign includes brochures for pregnant women and health professionals and a social media video  

Kathryn Ryan speaks with lead researcher Head of the University of Auckland's Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department Professor Lesley McCowan.

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