Little LAMBS: preterm birth study recruits 1,000 tots

Posted by mjs76 at Jun 30, 2010 02:10 PM |
Innovative Leicester-led research into (moderately) premature babies.

Over the years, a lot of research has been carried out into premature babies but it has mostly concentrated – for entirely understandable reasons, on the most premature births. So there is a lot of data on babies born before 32 weeks and the short-term and long-term effects of this.

But 75% of premature babies are actually born less than a month early, ie. 32-36 weeks and very little research has been done into this group. Hence the creation of the Late and Moderate preterm Birth Study (LAMBS) which recently recruited its 1,000th baby.

Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), LAMBS is a study of babies born in the hospitals of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. The first little munchkins were recruited in September 2009 and recruitment will continue to the end of this year.

As well as recording the babies’ health at birth, the study send out questionnaires to parents as their tots grow up, which will provides long-term evidence of what effect, if any, this type of premature birth might have on the child’s health.

LAMBS is part of a group of related child-health studies called TIMSS: The Infant Mortality and Morbidity Studies. The study is led by Dr Elaine Boyle, Consultant Neonatologist and Senior Lecturer in Neonatal Medicine in our Department of Health Sciences.