Borne was initially set up as a research appeal with CW+, the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital charity. Between 2013 and 2015, Borne raised over £3.5 million in support of preterm birth research.
We became an independent charity in 2016, giving us the capacity to realise our ambition to grow the research team, start new phases of research, extend our fund-raising and build a national and global brand with a strong track record for preterm birth research.
Borne intends to:
1. Build on our core research partnership with Imperial College and Chelsea & Westminster Hospital to establish the Borne Centre for Preterm Birth Research, a pre-eminent pregnancy research centre in the UK with a proven record for improving clinical outcomes for mothers and babies through interventions and therapies identified by Borne’s scientists and clinicians.
2. Support independent research and global collaboration with other preterm birth centres of excellence to catalyse the research effort in this field.
3. Establish a network of satellite research centres in low to middle income countries like Africa where the rates of preterm birth are far higher, and the need for effective clinical interventions even more pressing
4. Proactively develop best practices in the field of obstetrics and providing education based on the outcomes of the research work to reach a wider population of women who are at higher risk of preterm birth.