Wellbeing of Women is the charity dedicated to improving the health of women and babies across the UK. Every year we invest in special research projects and allocate funds towards the training of specialist doctors and midwives. Established in 1964 we have enabled the major breakthroughs in obstetrics and gynaecology.
Why do we exist?
- 1 in 2 women in the UK will suffer from some kind of reproductive or gynaecological health problem
- 17 babies a day die in the UK at or near birth (they are either stillborn or die shortly after birth)
- 145 women a week in the UK die of a gynaecological cancer
2 million women suffer the pain of endometriosis
- 1 in 3 women will suffer from urinary incontinence at some point in their lives
- 1 in 5 pregnancies end in miscarriage
Women remain embarrassed to talk about these types of health problems, even with their doctors.
What do we do?
We raise money to fund medical research. This research can be on any area of reproductive and gynaecological health. We have an excellent reputation for selecting only the best possible projects for funding and have been awarded a Certificate of Best Practice in Medical Health Peer Review by AMRC. We have been funding research since 1964 and many of the developments in this area that are now taken for granted have been helped into being by this work: fetal scanning, IVF, vitamin supplements for pregnancy, cervical cancer screening, to name just a few.
We raise money to fund research training grants. Entry-level Scholarships enable medical graduates to develop research interests in obstetrics and gynaecology and provide pump-priming funds for further research. Research Training Fellowships encourage talented individuals to become academic clinicians. Student Elective Bursaries are awarded to medical students and midwives who wish to undertake a medical elective related to this field.
We provide health information to women. We believe ‘the more you know the better you’ll be’ and provide health information to women to inform them about their bodies and to encourage them to take responsibility for their reproductive and gynaecological health. See Your wellbeing on this website.
How we do it
We raise funds in a variety of ways: corporate sponsorship and partnership, individual giving, trusts and foundations, events (ticket sales, raffles, auctions), challenge events, our network of volunteer branches. See Get involved on this website.
Who we are
Wellbeing of Women has a small team of permanent staff and a number of regular volunteers. Our Board of Trustees is chaired by Sir Victor Blank and our Research Advisory Committee is chaired by Professor Steve Robson.