Pancake Day and the 40 Days of Prematurity – by Fiona Mylchreest

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 … More Pancake Day and the 40 Days of Prematurity – by Fiona Mylchreest

Meeting Francois for British Heart Month

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 … More Meeting Francois for British Heart Month

Kangaroo Mother Care: Skin-to-skin Contact for Preterm Babies

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 … More Kangaroo Mother Care: Skin-to-skin Contact for Preterm Babies

The art of doing nothing – An Insight into Pre-Eclampsia

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 … More The art of doing nothing – An Insight into Pre-Eclampsia

World AIDS Day: Investigating HIV and Pregnancy with a Borne Scientist

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 … More World AIDS Day: Investigating HIV and Pregnancy with a Borne Scientist