MothersBabies | Building Better Babies One Belly at a Time

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of our $4.8M goal

We’re seeking to create proven therapies to reduce common, potentially avoidable, complications and diseases for pregnant women and their babies. Sadly, we can’t do this without raising the vital funds required for the research. Anything you can give is greatly appreciated!.

Help us make a change

We’re raising funds for vital awareness and research in the area of gut health and it’s connection to pre-pregnancy and pregnancy, health and disease in mothers and babies

About MothersBabies

If you are a mother who has had a sick child, you know it takes a village to get everyone through. The personal experience of founders Catherine Oates Smith and Alan Liddle have breathed life into MothersBabies, a not-for-profit organisation established for the purpose of giving all our babies the best possible start in life. We want to empower mother’s to be with evidence based science to transform their health pre pregnancy – during pregnancy and at birth so that their health, and the health of their babies, is optimised for life.

The Mothers & Babies Microbiome Study

Every baby in Australia deserves to have the best possible start in life. This should be a normal expectation for every mother and father. New and mounting evidence is showing it is feasible and timely to introduce innovative evidence based management and treatments to support conception, pregnancy and perinatal physical and mental health.

Empowering Mothers-to-be Campaign

MothersBabies is seeking support for its ‘Empowering Mothers-to-be Campaign’ to progress its mission to empower mothers-to-be with evidence-based science to transform their health pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy and at birth so that their health, and the health of their babies, is optimised for life.

Participate in the Study

The microbiome is the collective name for the thousands of bugs that live in all parts of our bodies – this research wants to know how these bugs can impact on the health of all people. This study is observational, meaning that you don’t need to take anything to be a part of it, or make any changes to your lifestyle or diet.

The Statistics

There is emerging evidence based medical data to show, that some common diseases and illnesses like asthma, autism, diabetes, obesity, allergies, cardiac, and autoimmune conditions are associated with the health of microbes in our gut. There are many scientists around the world currently studying this in great detail and with specific focus on many different diseases and stages of human life.


Asthma affects 1:9 Australians, totalling 2.5million
ADHD; 7.8% diagnosed in 2003, 9.5% in 2007, 11% in 2011


From 2016 is on the increase at 8.6%, up from an average of 7%, (average gestational aged 33+3)


Anxiety now affects 1: 4 and Depression on average affects 1:7 adults.

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About the research

MothersBabies seeks to raise $5M specifically for the MothersBabies Study, which will take 5 years to complete and will commence in early 2019 at the Microbiome Research Centre, Sydney. Founded in 2017 by Prof Emad El-Omar, Professor of Medicine at UNSW Sydney – the Microbiome Research Centre, or the MRC, is nestled within the grounds of a major healthcare campus of the St George and Sutherland Hospitals in southern Sydney, and is part of the UNSW clinical research campus.

Articles & News

Keeping you connected with: personal stories from our communities and, the ‘Gut’ research, findings and discussions that are occurring in the world of science.

  • Pregnancy is a period of complex, simultaneous physiological changes enabling the development of a healthy baby, inc...

  • My husband and I had always known we wanted to start a family one day. The majority of my life I had taken conceivin...

Our Partners

The MothersBabies Study is a collaborative effort drawing on the combined capabilities and research strengths of some amazing partners