The Borne Foundation

No baby born too soon

Prematurity is the leading cause of childhood death and disability worldwide. Research is needed to find new treatments to delay preterm labour. By bringing together scientific experts and clinicians, we will find the answers to prevent premature birth, everywhere and forever.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1167073)

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Championed by The EQ Foundation


  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Medical ResearchMedical Research


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Infants (<2)Infants (<2)
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls


United Kingdom


Over 60,000 babies are born too soon in the UK every year. 85% of women who deliver preterm have no idea that they are at risk. Babies born before 24 weeks are unlikely to survive; 1 in 10 live with lifelong disability. Yet research into premature birth is underfunded and overlooked. Research is needed to advance our understanding of pregnancy and childbirth, and to find new interventions that will stop babies from being born before they are ready to leave the mother’s womb. We need answers.


The answers are likely to lie at the seams between different areas of scientific focus and specialisation. We have convened an eminent group of scientific experts with different areas of expertise who will work together to advance our understanding of normal and dysfunctional labour. The research will be centred around a large cohort of pregnant women from whom a team of research midwives will collect carefully phenotyped samples while giving them special support through their pregnancy.

  • I got to see Marie and Layla (Borne midwives) every couple of weeks. Without that regular check-in and reassurance, I would have been in pieces. Every time I had a wobble (and I had many), they would put my mind at rest.

    — Charlotte, Borne Research Participant

  • Why did Lucy go into labour when she did? Why did she go into labour as a mum who did all the things she was supposed to do? Would it be good to know? Yes. For no one to be able to turn around and say "it was because of this" - that has to change.

    — Alistair Petrie, Borne Ambassador