In the first of our Borne Arctic Challenge blogs, we talk to team member Georgie Breitmeyer about how she’s preparing for the expedition.
Borne’s annual Golf Day will take place on 11th October this year. We are delighted to have exclusive use of Sunningdale Golf Club with its beautiful surroundings and a challenging 18-hole course. The day will kick-off with breakfast, followed by 18-holes of exhilarating competition in a 4-ball competition with a shotgun start. This is followed by […]
I have five fabulous children. That’s the happiness. All five were born prematurely, which sounds crazy, I know. But the thing is, we never knew why.
Australian rugby captain Dean Mumm and his wife Sarah are parents to three children, but only get to raise one. They tell their poignant story of the premature birth of their three children.
Rugby legend Will Greenwood and his wife Caro share their heart-breaking story and their reasons for supporting Borne.
Hollywood actor Alistair Petrie and his wife Lucy discusses the premature birth of their twin boys, and what can be done to address what we do not know about the causes premature birth.
2017’s Wonderland Dinner was held on the eve of World Prematurity Day, 16 November 2017. The event took place at 8 Northumberland Avenue and saw hundreds of guests and longstanding supporters of Borne come together to raise awareness and funds for our pioneering research. The biennial gala is a highlight in Borne’s events calendar and […]
Our annual Borne Golf Day took place on 4th October 2017 and we were delighted to have exclusive use of Sunningdale Golf Club. With beautiful surroundings and a challenging 18-hole course, it was a fantastic day of sport to raise funds for Borne. Rugby legend Will Greenwood hosted the event, along with Borne Trustee and keen golfer […]
On the 19th May, we were honoured to be part of Eaton House Belgravia’s annual gala, an event that has run for the past 10 years. Each year, the school fundraising committee comes together to put on a spectacular event to raise money for charity. This year, we were lucky enough to be chosen along with […]
Mother’s Day may only come around once a year, but here at Borne we know a mother works hard to support, protect and nurture her children every single day. From the little moments shared at home to the big celebrations enjoyed together, the maternal bond is always present. So today we would like to show […]
This week marks British Science Week, during which we acknowledge the contributions of those who dedicate their lives to science, whilst last week saw the celebration of International Women’s Day. Women’s accomplishments, particularly in science, can often be forgotten from our History books, so today I would like to share with you one female scientist’s […]
Last week was Borne to Dance. The Borne team, including my husband, have been planning this for months and it was spectacular: Reubens on the ceiling, the best of British dance on the stage and table after table of people who give their time, talents and treasure to Borne. Julian tried to blag our way […]
It’s Pancake Day! This is a church tradition to use up all the rich ingredients before Lent. These luxuries – eggs and oil and dairy – seem to us relatively healthy; nowadays the forty-day Lenten sacrifice is usually coffee, chocolate or alcohol. It’s a bit like pregnancy; 40 weeks of moderation, maybe giving up something […]
My second baby was due on St.Valentine’s Day. I flirted with the idea of giving him or her Valentine as a middle name. It was silly really, but it seemed a special day to be born and V was quite a nice initial.
Dr Francois Sousa dos Santos, Borne PhD student, has been working as an Obstetrics and Gynaecology trainee in East London for the past three years. Originally from Portugal, he has recently moved to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital to join Professor Mark Johnson’s research team at Borne to study the effect of heart disease on pregnancy. Besides undertaking […]
With the end of January marking Chinese New Year, billions celebrated the year of the rooster according to the Chinese Zodiac. Throughout 2017, over 17 million babies will be born in China and, according to the legend of the rooster, are predicted to be talkative, open, honest, and loyal characters.
In August 1963, Martin Luther King Jnr made his I have a dream speech, about true equality, about an end to racism and violence, about black and white people living in harmony. This is a very premature diamond anniversary, but that’s not why I’m writing about it on a prematurity blog. MLK argued that the […]
Around the world, 15 million babies are born too soon. Unfortunately, 1 million will not survive and those who do, will suffer lifelong consequences throughout their lives. They will live with physical and mental disabilities: learning difficulties, visual and hearing problems and sometimes autism. But last month, a few days before Christmas, good news came for […]
A few years ago, Borne supporter and writer Amna K. Boheim wrote ‘The Art of Doing Nothing’, an honest and insightful blog post on her personal experience with pre-eclampsia. The author of ‘The Silent Children’ stayed true to her day-to-day experiences after returning home from hospital. Today, we would like to share her piece with […]
There was a time we thought Finn would be in NICU for Christmas. Not so surprising, you might think, considering he was due in December and born in September, but somehow Christmas is a marker: when people talk about a baby’s first Christmas, they don’t mean in hospital. The wonderful NICU staff reassured us it […]
I always got a bit mixed up with biology and evolution and the story of God creating the world. I could see a resemblance between people and apes which made it all sort of plausible; the seven days seemed a bit far fetched and I didn’t see where the dinosaurs fitted in. With my children, […]
Today marks World AIDS Day, a day where we come together to raise awareness and support people around the world who live with HIV. Here at Borne we are working to see how HIV can disrupt the immune system and affect pregnancy. Alex Cocker, Borne PhD student, heads up our study on the Immunological Impact of […]
My second child Tommy was a premature baby. Not incredibly so – he wasn’t one of the teeny tiny tubed babies that you see on the Borne website, but he is proof that being born any amount early is too early. Keen to come into this world, I fell pregnant with Tommy almost immediately after […]
I have five fabulous children. That’s the happiness. All five were born prematurely, which sounds crazy, I know. But the thing is, we never knew why. I wasn’t kite-surfing or living on cabbage soup. There was no obvious reason, no drug to take, no behaviour to change. My middle son managed to survive inside me […]
Human labor is miraculous. After 40 weeks of pregnancy, the uterus simply begins to contract and, some hours later, a baby is born. The woman is unable to voluntarily control the onset of labor, the strength of the contractions, or how often they occur. Essentially the uterus appears to have a mind of its own. […]
AnnieBelle is a Lebanese licensed dietician and a PhD student at Imperial College. She is working on a project that links nutrition to pregnancy complications, preterm labour and fetal development with Borne Founder Professor Mark Johnson and Borne Collaborator Professor Michael Crawford. In 2010, she gained her master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition at the […]
I confess, I watch CSI. I find it mindless and the gore doesn’t move me at all. I switch over if my children come downstairs, and of course one of them asked me what I was hiding; why I watched something horrid. I had to think about that. I think it goes back to NICU. […]
Fiona Mylchreest, mother of five and wife of Borne Chairman, shares her experiences of her first born child Cormack, who was born prematurely at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, home to Borne.
Professor Mark Johnson co-founded Borne – a premature baby medical research charity based at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London in 2013. When he is not busy fundraising for his cause, Professor Johnson is in the Labour Ward delivering babies, researching in Borne’s labs with his PhD students or spending time with his family. 1. […]