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Participate in the MothersBabies Study

If we can determine how to prevent or treat disease from pre-pregnancy and into childhood, then we have the potential to positively change health outcomes for many future generations!

Researchers at the Microbiome Research Centre, University of New South Wales are looking to recruit women and their partners planning a pregnancy in the next 12 months for a fantastic new study investigating paired mother and baby microbiomes.

This study has Human Research Ethics Committee Approval through South Eastern Sydney Local Health District. The following reference number for any queries should be quoted: 2019/ETH00192. It is also registered with the Australian & New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry, #ACTRN12619000800123.

How do you help?

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. Women will donate poo samples, have a skin, oral and vaginal swab taken before falling pregnant, and then at set time points during their pregnancy and once their baby has been born. Once their baby is born, the baby will also have their poo collected, as well as a skin and oral swab at set time points during their first year of life. The woman’s partner can also take part too – at the first visit, the partner can also provide a poo sample and oral swab (if their partner is female, they also have the option of donating a vaginal swab).

 

The aim for this study is to learn about the changes in the human microbiome from pre-pregnancy, throughout a pregnancy, and then extending into their baby’s 1st birthday.

He (my paediatrician) cradled my small boy in his hands and spent maybe 5 minutes just observing him and not saying a word. He finally turned to me and said, “He is one unhappy little boy, let’s get to the bottom of this”

Donate today to the MothersBabies Study

Your donation will help directly fund the MothersBabies Study into gut health. Our vision of a healthy gut, healthier babies means this study will help mothers give the most precious gift to their babies – an immune system that can fight disease and help them stay healthy for life.

* Donations in Australasia over $2, are tax deductible.

Sponsor Empowering Mothers to Be

Creating Healthier Babies

Empowering Mothers-to-be is an ongoing communications and awareness-raising effort that creates, curates and distributes evidence-based content through social media and media partners, specifically-targeted PR and live events.


There are many ways you can be involved in helping us build momentum, get the message out to mothers…and fathers….and their mothers and fathers, and change thousands of lives.


Please get in touch for a confidential chat where we can walk you through the opportunities, and make sure that what we are about matches what you’re about.


We’d love to hear from you.

The greatest a mother can give her baby is an immune system that can fight disease.

Kathy Lette, Author, MothersBabies Patron

Philanthropic Opportunities

When it’s time to make the world a better place

If a broad definition of Philanthropy is the ‘love (from the Greek: philos) of humankind (anthropy),’ then MothersBabies raison d’être is borne on this very idea; That our work and the difference we aim to make directly reflects our love for humankind, even before its conception.

 

If you are beginning your philanthropic journey, or a seasoned supporter of social change through giving, then we hope you will view MothersBabies as a worthy organisation to support.

 

The passion with which we pursue our goals for humankind means that we work closely with our philanthropic partners to ensure your support has maximum change impact.

 

The future health of mothers and their babies is a complex issue; one that we lean into with positivity, honesty and authenticity. The truth is not always easy to hear, but you can trust it when it is supported with evidence-based science. And authenticity means we stand in our conviction that the future health of babies (and humanity) is at stake.

 

MothersBabies is the clarion voice for empowerment through knowledge for mothers-to-be, so they can transform their lives and the lives of their babies by radically improving their gut health.

 

And we can demonstrate this ‘love of humankind’ through your support: maximum change impact.

 

We are honoured to enjoy support from prestigious foundations and generous benefactors, and would love the opportunity to show you what we are doing, how we are doing it, why it’s an important societal problem, and why we are worthy of your patronage.

 

Please contact us for a confidential preliminary discussion, where we can walk you through our approach to working with our philanthropic partners and how your financial support can effect maximum change impact.

Fundraising to Support the MothersBabies Study

Fundraising is an enormously rewarding way to make a difference.

There are many ways fun and appropriate ways you can fundraise for the MothersBabies Study.

Celebrate an
important occasion

Collect donations to celebrate a significant milestone, or to commemorate a loved one.

Host a
special event

Invite your friends to join in and be part of something important.

Start your own
Fundraiser

We’d love to help you decide how you would like to fundraise, and help you with advice on how to get started.

Don’t forget… we’re always here to help you decide how you would like to fundraise and help you with advice, what, where and when, how to use social media, and how get your friends and colleagues involved.

Workplace Giving

Working to Give Babies a Healthy Future

What is Workplace Giving?

 

Workplace Giving is a relationship between employers, employees and MotherBabes. You can contribute a small portion of you pre-tax salary and receive the tax benefit straight away, rather than waiting until the end of financial year. Often your employer will match your contribution with a corporate donation, so your generosity has twice the impact!

The Benefits of Workplace Giving

 

  • Giving from pre-tax income means donations effectively cost you less. 
  • Your taxable income is reduced but we still receive the full benefit of your donation. 
  • Donations are tax deductible and you do not have to collect, keep or claim receipts.
The impact of your investment

 

Your support means we can get on with the business of Growing Gutsy Babies by funding research into gut-health  that will  change the face of pregnancy care and preventative health, transform the lives of mothers and their babies, and improve the health of babies for life.