Premature birth is the leading cause of childhood mortality in the world today.

Premature babies face many challenging issues from the moment they are born, and their lives are often complicated by long-term disability. Yet, too often, there are no answers to why babies are born too soon.

Borne brings scientists and doctors together to advance our understanding of pregnancy, and to identify what causes premature birth so that we can improve outcomes. They are assembling a world-class, cross-disciplinary team with the vision and expertise to strive for the breakthroughs that are needed to prevent premature birth.

Based at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Borne was founded in 2013 by Professor Mark Johnson as a research appeal and became an independent medical research charity in 2016. Today they are making ground-breaking discovering which are transforming the way we think about pregnancy and labour:

  • Trialling the first new treatment for the prevention of preterm labour in over 50 years.
  • Embracing Big Science to understand the causes of prematurity through a long-ranging discovery science study of 2,000 women who are pregnant for the first time.

To find out more about Borne’s research and how you can help stop premature birth, visit

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