The Whole Nine Months is the public health and social media campaign of the Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Alliance.


More than 26,000 Australian babies are born preterm each year. Preterm birth is defined as birth before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy (and after 20 weeks) and is the single greatest cause of death and disability in children up to five years of age in the developed world.

There are many pathways to untimely early birth and recent advances mean several of these pathways can be prevented at their onset. View the interventions for the prevention of preterm birth here.

If you are a heath care practitioner, pregnant, or considering a pregnancy, the information and resources contained in this website are for you.


History of The Whole Nine Months

The early success of The Whole Nine Months program through the Women and Infants Research Foundation led to the establishment of the Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Alliance in June 2018.

The Alliance is a national partnership of clinical leaders, researchers, health departments, and communities working together to safely lower the rate of early birth, and with it, save untold heartache for Australian families.

Its singular aim is to safely lower the rate of preterm birth in Australia.