Aims of the Mother and Child Foundation

pregnant womanPrevention, education and research – our core aims

We work to prevent and relieve the sickness and disability of pregnant women and their children, and to preserve and protect their health

The Mother and Child Foundation has raised several million pounds and funded studies on low birth-weight, prematurity and adverse outcomes in pregnancy. The result is a new body of knowledge that makes it possible to prevent disorders of brain development which lead to a lifetime of disability, learning difficulties and often behavioural pathology in children.

We advance the education of health professionals, the nursing profession and the general public –  particularly parents – concerning the causes and effects of low birth-weight

Mother and babyThe Foundation established the Mother & Baby Clinic in the East-end of London in 1994 with a generous donation from the late Dr Ann Gibson, Freeman of the City of London. The clinic played an important role in defining the conditions associated with low birth-weight and premature birth. It provided teaching for mothers on nutrition and health, along with shopping and lifestyle activities, which together could bring about a happy outcome of the pregnancy. The Clinic is presently occupied by the Albion Kids Show, working with children and parents together.

The Foundation has organised several international conferences and joint-cooperative workshops, and participated with WHO and FAO, China, Indonesia and the Sudan on matters related to maternal nutrition and health, brain development and function.

We promote or assist in the promotion of research, prevention, alleviation and management of such ill health and disability, publishing the results of such research

Mother and child - asiaResearch projects funded by the Mother & Child Foundation focus on maternal nutrition and health, with the aim of enhancing maternal wellbeing, and at the same time arresting and reversing the present rise in cases of mental ill-health amongst children. We are currently involved in the following areas:

  • A community intervention aimed at the prevention of low birth-weight, including lifestyle and nutritional education and nutrition intervention in mothers at high risk in London.
  • A multi-site study between the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Newham General Hospital, Uganda and Medical Research Centre in South Africa which is focused on maternal nutrition and the vertical transmission of HIV.
  • Diabetes in pregnancy and the associated risk of birth defects, with St Thomas’ and Newham General Hospitals.
  • The prevention of cerebral palsy, brain injury, stroke and obesity in preterm infants with Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College London, UK, Cornell University, USA, and the Kitchener Medical School in Khartoum, Sudan.
  • The effect of nutrition on the behaviour of schoolchildren with the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.
  • The relationship between iodine deficiency and whether it co-exists with omega-3 DHA deficiency – a collaborative multi-site study between Imperial College London and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Sudan, Oman and East Africa.
  • An investigative study into a new form of treatment for sickle-cell anaemia in cooperation with the Nigerian University Hospital at Enugu, and the Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition, in London.
  • The effects on the mother and fetus of arsenic poisoning from tube well water in Bangladesh.
  • The Organisation of conferences and educational material for schools, midwives and health and community centres.