World-first trial investigates melatonin in induced labour

A world-first trial led by Dr Miranda Davies-Tuck and her team at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research is investigating if melatonin can improve the effectiveness of labour induction.

The trial’s first participant Meagan James gave birth to her second son Josh at Jessie McPherson Private Hospital in just 45 minutes.

The trial is randomised, double-blind and placebo-controlled, so we can’t know for sure whether Josh’s quick arrival was aided by melatonin, but with researchers recruiting over 700 women for the trial, we hope to gain useful insights. This is why Dr Davies-Tuck’s research is so important and why Monash Health is participating in the trial.

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