Premature birth predictor under development

The Universities of Melbourne and Newcastle as well as Symbion Healthcare are joining forces to develop a device which promises to be able to accurately predict a pregnant woman's time of birth.

Researchers from the Universities of Melbourne and Newcastle and from Symbion Healthcare are teaming up to develop the device, which will be able to predict times of birth with greater accuracy.

The device will work by measuring a pregnant woman's hormone levels and comparing them against the hormone levels of a typical, full-term pregnancy.

The bodily mechanisms responsible for the onset of human labour are still largely unknown to the medical community.

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