Little Liggins

Help give more babies a healthy start to life by taking part in our Little Liggins programme.

A mum with her premature baby

There is nothing more important than giving our children the best possible start to life. We know now that this begins before birth, and even before conception. The environment within the womb affects the baby’s physical and mental development. Factors such as poor nutrition during pregnancy can result in children having an increased risk of heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes throughout life. And these children will go one to become parents of children who are also at risk of these diseases.

If someone asked me if they should take part in a Liggins clinical trial, I would say yes, definitely. I felt I helped my baby, and maybe someone else’s, to get a healthy start to life.

Amrita Naidu GEMS Study participant

Why clinical trials are critical

The Liggins Institute is commited to translating research into clinical practice that benefits mothers, babies, children and our communities. Current studies include:  

  • ‘Sugar Babies’/hPOD: A small amount of a sugar gel placed on the inside of a newborn’s cheek can prevent low blood sugars and protect against brain injury. This is now used in many hospitals around the world.
  • Gestational Diabetes (GEMS): Identifying how to accurately diagnose and treat mothers with gestational diabetes in order to better control spikes in sugar levels.

Liggins researchers are also investigating optimum nutrition for pregnant mums; whether boys and girls have different nutritional needs; the best nutrition for very premature babies; and how to diagnose and treat endometriosis early.

Every baby deserves a healthy start to life but with each mum and
baby in a clinical trial costing between $1,000-$5,000, we need your
help to make this possible.

Take part in the Little Liggins programme

Simply pick a date, invite your friends, and host a Little Liggins lunch, morning tea, cocktail party or a fun event of your choice. We will provide you with a speaker so you and your guests can hear first-hand the difference your support will make.

Your Little Liggins attendees can decide how many babies you would like to support and set your own fundraising goal. It's a meaningful way to help give babies a healthy start to life and have a great time while doing it! 

Unable to hold an event but still want to help? You can make a donation at any time to the Little Liggins programme.

Find out more

For help setting up a Little Liggins event or more information on making a gift, please contact Dr Nicole Bassett on +64 (21 246 2801 or email

Mum and baby

As a first time mum, I was worried about doing the right things for my baby. I was thrilled to be part of a trial about nutrition in pregnancy. It made me feel I was doing the best I could for both myself and my baby, plus it could benefit other mums and their babies too.

Dr Clare Reynolds Liggins Institute researcher and NiPPeR Study participant