Why Borne?

Borne’s goal is to prevent disability and death in childbirth and create lifelong health for mothers and babies.

Borne is the first initiative of its kind in the UK. In just a few years time teams from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital could change the long term health prospects of hundreds of thousands of children and their families in the UK and overseas.

We have already raised £2 million towards funding vital research to make childbirth safer and to create lifelong health in mothers and babies. However, we need to continue investing in taking this research further and to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of mothers and babies.

Through research, Borne will understand how to prevent premature birth, heart disease in pregnancy and cerebral palsy. We will also offer long term follow up of these children to demonstrate maintained improvements in brain, heart and metabolic health.

Through education, Borne will train hundreds of maternity teams in high, middle and low income countries, develop technologies to support these maternity teams, and prevent unnecessary complications in childbirth. In Africa, we will study a powerful, simple and effective treatment for fistula which affects over two million women every year. We will also expand our educational arm to introduce a maternity care development programme in partner hospital in Africa.