Research and Innovation

From the first weeks of pregnancy through the birth of your baby, our specialists offer years of innovation and extraordinary care. Our Stanford Medicine physicians are researchers and professors in the School of Medicine’s Neonatal and Developmental Medicine, Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Obstetric divisions. Through their advancements in their fields, they are able to provide state-of-the-art care to promote the health of pregnant women and their babies.

A birthplace of modern neonatology

As global leaders in neonatology—the study and practice of caring for newborns—our physician-scientists have advanced their field in the United States for more than half a century. They have developed care methodologies that have become common practice. Instead of focusing exclusively on repair of disorders, they work to prevent many conditions from happening.

Innovations include the creation of the first Prematurity Research Center, the development of a noninvasive blood test that can predict premature births, the design of the first apnea monitor, the creation and use of radiant-warmed transport incubators, and the design of novel phototherapy and optical imaging devices to monitor infection and gene expression in vivo.

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New blood test can detect premature birth

Measuring RNA fragments in a pregnant woman’s blood gives a reliable estimate of the baby’s due date and can predict if the baby will arrive prematurely, a Stanford-led team has shown.

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