MothersBabies | What We Do

What We Do

We’re building better babies, one belly at a time

MothersBabies is a bold initiative with promising implications. The MothersBabies Study harnesses the emerging science of the ‘microbiome’ and explores its link to immune and brain function.

Our goal is both urgent and ambitious, but with philanthropic investment it is wholly achievable. We want to create a safe, personalised and proven intervention that optimises gut health for mothers and their babies. And in doing so, we want to optimise their overall wellbeing for life.

The future of our health starts in the gut

Emerging evidence reveals that the gut plays a crucial role in many common and serious health conditions. There is an inextricable link between the diversity and balance of our gut bacteria and our susceptibility to disease

But, we are heading to ‘gut full’ levels…

If our gut does not have enough healthy bacteria then we have gut dysbiosis. Gut dysbiosis has a significant impact on our immune system, and our ability to fight common diseases such as asthma, hay fever, obesity, eczema and IBS. It also has an effect on brain function, with emerging evidence linking it to depression, anxiety, autism and ADHD.


Today, millions of Australians are suffering from illnesses and conditions that may, in fact, be preventable. Alarmingly, many of these diseases are on the rise.

Children that have food allergies0%

Babies born premature0%

Children that are considered obese0%

Children that will develop asthma0%

Australians that will experience mental health issues0%

The Impact of your investment

With your support we will change the face of antenatal care and preventative health, with significant scope to reduce the prevalence and severity of a range of conditions and illnesses.


In Funds

Already invested from the Federal Government.


To go

to reduce the economic burden of disease and improve national health outcomes.

So how do we fit in?

The MothersBabies study will examine the link between the state of the microbiome that a baby acquires from its mother and the potential for diseases to arise and aims to discover an appropriate intervention to optimise the microbiome of mothers, so as to prevent adverse health outcomes during pregnancy and improve the health of their babies. Our key aims are:


Identify the specific microbiome signatures that can lead to certain favourable and unfavourable health health outcomes in mothers and babies.


To determine if interventions can be made to alter a mother’s microbiome to prevent adverse health outcomes.


Recognise which intervention can restore the microbiome to a normal state and improve healthy outcomes for mothers and babies.

Together, we can make a powerful contribution

This therapy holds the potential to change the future health of mothers, babies and children in Australia and will be at the forefront of preventative medicine worldwide. Given the surging popular interest in gut health, now is the opportune time for philanthropists to invest in this globally significant pursuit. Please give generously.

Our Partners

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