Golden Casket donates $500 000 towards Mater research projects

Golden Casket donates $500 000 towards Mater research projects

After three heartbreaking miscarriages, Kristie Kelly was almost ready to give up on her dream of having another baby when she was referred to a fertility trial being run by Mater Mothers’ Hospital.

The trial—one of a number of research projects funded through a $500 000 Golden Casket donation— is investigating whether the use of alternative natural therapies such as the hormone progesterone, can help couples fall and stay pregnant.

“We badly wanted another child … and I saw that there may be a glimmer of hope in being able to conceive once again,” Kristie said.

After almost nine months on the program, Kristie delivered a healthy baby girl, Sienna, at Mater Mothers’ Hospital in August last year. 

“I count our blessings every day for all the assistance we received and the pursuit of this research through Mater. I doubt whether we would have Sienna if it were not through Mater’s trial,” Kristie said.

One-in-six couples have problems conceiving while threatened miscarriage, which occurs in 25 per cent of pregnancies and recurrent miscarriage (more than three), affects about 1 in 100 women.

Thanks to funding from Golden Casket and Mater Foundation, Mater Fertility Services is the only clinical research site in Australia addressing these common issues using natural fertility enhancement.

Principal Investigator Dr Luke McLindon said the trial, which started in 2011, has shown one-in-three women with sub fertility have a hormonal deficiency in their cycle.

“Increasing progesterone levels has been shown to improve placental development and pregnancy outcomes. Our trial aims to provide therapy to look at the effect of improving hormone levels in pregnancy.”

Golden Casket Chief Operating Officer Bill Thorburn joined Dr McLindon and his team on Friday at a morning tea to recognise the contribution Golden Casket had made to making little miracles happen.

"Golden Casket is very proud to continue our support of the Mater Foundation which through today’s donation has helped Mater Fertility research to assist many women to experience pregnancy and the joy of parenthood,” Mr Thorburn said.

To find out more about the trial, or to see if you are a suitable candidate, please phone the Mater Natural Fertility Clinic on 07 3163 8437. 

Caption: Mater Fertility Service's Dr Luke McLindon, Kristie Kelly with daughter Sienna, Mater Chief Executive Officer Dr John O'Donnell and Golden Casket Chief Operating Officer Bill Thorburn.



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