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About us

We invest in pioneering research in women’s health. Our research helps find cures and develops new tests and treatments that will save and change the lives of women, girls and babies.

We focus on three key areas

Pregnancy and birth complications

Including miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth and fertility

Gynaecological cancers

Cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, vaginal cancer, vulval cancer and womb cancer

Wellbeing issues

Including endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, menopause, incontinence and other health areas

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Our organisation

Our board of trustees chaired by Sir Victor Blank meets quarterly to ensure the charity is carrying out its purposes through strategy setting, grant making and fundraising with a commitment to the principles of good governance.

An executive team, led by Janet Lindsay, undertakes day to day activities. The board is supported by separate investment and audit committees made up of trustees and independent members and our wholly independent Research Advisory Committee (RAC), 20 leading experts who advise on research strategy and rigorously review applications for board approval.

Our people

Together, every member of Wellbeing of Women plays a vital part in safeguarding the future health of women, babies and their families.

Our team

Trustees

Ambassadors

Research Advisory Committee

Our people

Our history

In 1964, after witnessing the grief of a young man whose wife died during childbirth, Obstetrician Professor Will Nixon of University College Hospital set up the Childbirth Research Centre to stop women and babies dying in pregnancy and childbirth.

He and a team of well-respected obstetricians, gynaecologists and business partners registered it as a charity later that year. In 1972, we changed our name to Birthright and in the 1980s, Diana, Princess of Wales, became an active and committed patron. We expanded our reach to all areas of women’s reproductive health, becoming Wellbeing of Women in 2004.

Achievements

1964

Professor Will Nixon establishes what will later become Wellbeing of Women

1973

We discover that early contact between mothers and babies in intensive care is possible

1978

We establish the use of laser treatment to remove abnormal cells in the cervix instead of cutting out the tissue

1978

We develop a chemical (surfactant) that can help premature babies breathe and survive

1981

We start important early research into monitoring and analysing foetuses’ heartbeats

1984

We discover that injecting a woman with her partner’s white blood cells reduces chances of recurrent miscarriage

1990

We test laparoscopy as a treatment for endometriosis

1996

We fund research which brings about the first test to predict the outcome of IVF

2009

We create the Baby Bio Bank, 7000 tissue samples from ‘trios’ consisting of a mother, father and baby, used for birth complications research

2015

We establish international hub the Harris-Wellbeing Preterm Birth Centre to aid research into premature birth

2017

We discover that taking vitamin D supplements could prevent pregnancy complications

2019

We discover a potential non-surgical, non-hormonal cure for endometriosis