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Pregnant + Post-partum Women

Positive, person-centred pregnancy, birth and early parenting experiences for women leads to a lifetime of improved health and wellbeing for the parent and child. Better birth experiences lead to better birth outcomes with reduced medical interventions, that can help improve maternal-child bonding and improve child development outcomes. 

Our work aims to improve reproductive health, reduce maternal and newborn mortality, and prevent other adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Closely related to our work with children and newborns, we:

  • work in close collaboration with local communities in Australia and globally so wherever possible programs and initiatives as locally led and responsive
  • increase the capacity of health professionals, researchers, policy makers and the general community in perinatal health, through education and training 
  • raise awareness of the need for and guide new innovations for maternal and pregnancy-related problems
  • develop new and more effective interventions to improve maternal and child health
  • develop and test better ways to provide interventions to communities that lack access to them
  • grow understanding of major disease burdens that contribute to pregnancy and postpartum complications.

Our projects include:

  • Accelerating Innovation for Mothers (AIM) 2.0 – a collaborative partnership between Burnet Institute, Concept Foundation and Policy Cures Research to inspire and guide the development of new medicines for obstetric conditions.
  • Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies – A collaborative research program working with district, provincial and national level partners in Papua New Guinea to provide life-saving interventions for women and children.