A child’s first day on earth should not be its hardest ... or its last.

The Borne-HMRI collaboration (BHC) is a multi-year effort to fund a Borne Research Fellow in Australia who will conduct pioneering research at the Hunter Medical Research Institute into the prevention of preterm birth. 

The collaboration stems from the dedication of Sarah and Dean Mumm, Borne’s Australian Ambassadors. Dean is an Australian Wallabies 2015 World Cup captain and former Exeter Chiefs captain.

Premature birth is very close to Sarah and Dean’s heart. They lost their daughter Sophie in 2012 and son Henry in 2014 from issues arising from preterm birth.

Forever changed by their experience, Sarah and Dean want to help stop pre-term birth and spare families across the world the anguish they endured.

“You would do anything to avoid having a little baby placed into an incubator” – Dean Mumm.

The Borne-HMRI collaboration

Together, Borne and HMRI unite world-leading researchers in the quest to identify the causes of premature birth.

Borne is a UK-based medical research charity working to identify the causes of premature birth. They undertake ground-breaking research into pre-term labour to save lives, prevent disability and create lifelong health for mothers and babies.

The HMRI Pregnancy and Reproduction program brings together researchers focussed on understanding the environmental and biological processes that affect pregnancy and birth

About premature birth

Premature birth is the leading cause of childhood disability and death worldwide. Every year, 15 million babies are born pre-term. 1 million die.

Staggeringly, 1 in 10 babies in Australia are born pre-term.

Premature birth comes at a high emotional and financial cost to our society. Yet it is an issue that no one understands.

About Borne’s research

Every child deserves the chance of a full and healthy life.

Borne’s research focuses on pregnancy and the factors that may lead to preterm birth. They fund and carry out research from the laboratory to the bedside to develop diagnostic, treatment and prevention strategies to prevent prematurity.

Costa Rica Coast2Coast Challenge

A 275 km trek across Costa Rica to raise funds for the Borne HMRI Collaboration's vital research to prevent premature birth.

In March 2020, Team Borne will embark on a gruelling 275km trek led by extreme leaders Alan Chambers MBE and Wayne Hoyle aiming to raise at least $150,000 in Australia for ground breaking research to stop premature birth and give every child the best chance of a healthy life. 

The team will cross Costa Rica from east to west on a jungle route that is rarely used, even by locals. Starting from the shores of the Caribbean Sea, they will battle their way across the country on foot, bike, kayak and raft. They will trek 40km through forests and to heights of 3000m. They will cycle for 200km past coffee and sugar cane plantations and raft through white-water rapids before reaching the Pacific Ocean.

This dedicated team includes Borne Patron Will Greenwood MBE, Borne Ambassadors Jason Fox and former Australian rugby international and founder of Borne-HMRI in Australia, Dean Mumm. Together, they will push themselves to the limits of their physical and mental endurance in aid of Borne.

Premature birth is the leading cause of childhood mortality in the world today. From the moment they are born, premature babies face many challenges. Their lives are often complicated by long-term disability, such as cerebral palsy, chronic lung disease or learning difficulties. Premature birth destroys the joy of parenthood, replacing it with fear and anxiety for the future.

Yet, too often, it is unexplained and we still do not know why so many babies are born too soon and how to stop it.

To find out more about joining the trek please contact Peree Watson on (02) 4042 0580 or email Peree.Watson@hmri.org.au

Click here to support the team

Thank you for supporting this team who are embarking on the Costa Rica challenge in support of Borne's work. You are helping us advance ground-breaking research to stop premature birth.

You can help power the pioneering research of the Borne HMRI collaboration by donating today. Thank you very much for your support.