A man and a woman Look down at a new born baby wrapped up and asleep in a hospital crib, the woman rests her hand on the baby.

Mercy Perinatal

Mercy Perinatal is an international centre of excellence, specialising in perinatal education, research and clinical practice. Everything we do is done to bring more mothers and babies safely home together.

It is a harrowing fact that one in 130 pregnancies in Australia ends in tragedy. The number of children lost at birth each year is greater than the national road toll.

Around the world, a baby dies from prematurity every 30 seconds. According to the World Health Organization, preterm birth is the number one killer of children aged under five.

At Mercy Perinatal, we’re working hard to change these statistics—but we need your help.

Our aim is to establish Mercy Perinatal as a unique centre of excellence that will advance research, teaching and clinical practice with a focus on the first 300 days of life after conception.

As an international centre of perinatal excellence, Mercy Perinatal will fast-track pioneering advances in care, to combat:

  • stillbirth
  • preeclampsia
  • ectopic pregnancies and
  • maternal mental illness.

You can help us advance the medical knowledge and science that will give our most vulnerable babies an all-important start to life, so that every family can celebrate the joy of children.

“Sue was very honest with us. On the first visit she said, ‘You need to realise you’re going to have a really tiny baby.’ When I finally saw John, I knew what tiny meant. He weighed less than a tub of butter. Now, with the treatment he’s had at Mercy Hospital for Women, his heart is good, his brain is good. At the end of the day he’s our perfect little boy.”

Paula Metaxiotis, mother of John, born at 26 weeks weighing 395 grams.

In 2012, our family was eagerly awaiting the arrival of our third child. But our lives were changed forever when our son, John (Jack) Benedict Tighe, was unexpectedly born prematurely and died at birth.

“Often, as was the case for us, there is no explanation as to why things went wrong, which only compounds our loss.

“We then suffered multiple miscarriages before I fell pregnant again. We were overjoyed to celebrate the safe arrival of our daughter Isabel in December 2015.

“I have been fortunate to meet some amazing health professionals, like Professor Sue Walker, who are working hard at saving precious lives and to give families like mine hope, when previously there was no hope.”

Alex Tighe, mother of Jack, who was unexpectedly born prematurely and died at birth.

Your donation will have a direct impact on the future for mothers and their babies, just like Alex, Paula and their families.

Donate now to the Mercy Perinatal cause

Last reviewed November 2, 2018.

Medium close up of a small, premature baby connected to tubes and lying in a neonatal bed.

From small beginnings to tallest in class

Maria Gartland has donated $1,100 since her daughter, Angela, received care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Get to know Maria and Angela’s story, and learn how Mercy perinatal brings more mothers and babies safely home together.

From small beginnings to tallest in class