“I have borne five children at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital…. In a poorer country, or even just not in the capital city, we would not have our fabulous five, and I might have died with my babies. We support Borne so that other women and other families might benefit from research and experience here and have healthy babies safely.” 

Fiona Mylchreest, Borne Founding Donor


Borne has two ambitions:

  • To prevent death and disability in pregnancy and childbirth.
  • To create lifelong health for mothers and babies.

Borne was set up by CW+, the maternity team at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and a group of parents – our Founding Donors. We believe that medical research and education can address key issues affecting mothers and babies:

  • In the UK alone, 1 in 10 babies are born too soon: nearly 80,000 every year.
  • Premature birth is responsible for 70% of disability and death in newborn babies.
  • In some parts of the world, a woman has a 1 in 10 chance of dying during pregnancy.

We have already raised £3 million, which has enabled us to:

  • Identify treatments which should reduce the risk of preterm labour in high-risk pregnancies from 35% to 10% or less.
  • Train medical teams to deal with obstetric emergencies in resource poor countries.
  • Conduct a study highlighting the link between maternal diet and a baby’s brain development.

Going forward, if we succeed in raising a further £3.5 million, we will:

  • Develop ways to prevent pre-eclampsia, a life threatening pregnancy condition.
  • Investigate how to prevent necrotising enterocolitis (NEC), a bowel condition which is the second most common cause of death in neonatal intensive care units in the developed world.
  • Run a clinical trial to reduce the risk of fistula development after obstructed labour, affecting over 50,000 women globally every year.

Read why Beth, mum of twins, supports the work of Borne in her story.


Some of the Borne team are currently in South Africa educating and training maternity teams. Read their blog here.

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