A guide to The Nurture Foundation, what it does, and how you can access its support. Learn all about The Nurture Foundation for Reproductive Research here.

What is The Nurture Foundation?

The Nurture Foundation is a charity raising funds for research that will help New Zealanders have families. Through fundraising activities Nurture supports research into infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth and the life-threatening complications of pregnancy. These are issues that touch the hearts of thousands of New Zealanders every year:

• One in six couples experience infertility.

• One in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage.

• One in five first-time mothers is at risk of serious pregnancy complications such as pre-eclampsia and preterm birth.

• Nearly 600 babies are stillborn or die within 28 days of birth every year. This is higher than the road toll and similar to the number of deaths from breast cancer annually.

Through research, Nurture aims to find new ways to predict and prevent these reproductive problems, to better understand the “transplant of nature” (pregnancy), and improve treatments for couples who find themselves unable to conceive or carry a child safely to term.

The Nurture Foundation was launched in August 2006 by a group of leading doctors, researchers and supporters who were frustrated by the lack of government funding into reproductive health. Much of the research Nurture supports is carried out at the University of Auckland’s Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department.

What does The Nurture Foundation do?

Nurture raises funds for research into the causes, preventions and treatments of reproductive disorders, with the aim of helping more New Zealanders safely deliver a healthy baby.

Through its website, Nurture provides access to the latest research into infertility, miscarriage and pregnancy complications. Current research and clinical trials being undertaken by our researchers in New Zealand are included on the website, and relevant findings from overseas studies are summarized in a regular Nurture Newsletter.

New Zealand couples can also take part in some of our clinical trials. This is an opportunity for couples to be involved in research investigating some of the latest treatments, at no cost. Clinical trials are also highlighted on the Nurture website.

How is The Nurture Foundation funded?

The Nurture Foundation is a charitable organisation that relies on fundraising activities and events, donations, corporate sponsorship and grants.

Many of our research studies are currently funded through government grants, but these are increasingly difficult to secure. Nurture aims to become a well-funded charity to ensure this vital research into reproductive health continues.

How can I get their help?

You can contact The Nurture Foundation by:

Phone: 09 373 7599 extn 89493

Fax: 09 303 5969

Website: www.nurture.org.nz

Email: admin@nurture.org.nz

Mail: The Nurture Foundation, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, NZ

How much does it cost?

Information is available free of charge and there is no subscription fee for the Newsletter.

Link to the Nurture Website

The Nurture website provides access to the latest research into reproductive disorders: infertility, miscarriage and serious pregnancy complications. Personal stories from couples who have struggled to have children highlight the benefits of the research Nurture supports. You can subscribe to the newsletter online, make a donation or find out about the latest fundraising activities Nurture is involved with.


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This information was compiled by the Kiwi Families team.

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