What we do
Tommy's funds research into pregnancy problems and provides information to parents. We believe it is unacceptable that one in four women lose a baby during pregnancy and birth.
When a pregnancy fails or a baby dies, it causes devastation. Twenty three years ago, frustrated at the lack of research that meant they could rarely tell families why their babies were dying, two obstetricians in St Thomas' Hospital in London were inspired to start a campaign for more research into pregnancy problems.
Soon, their cause was taken up by others and a charity known as 'Tommy's' (after St Thomas' Hospital) was born.
That was 1992.
Today, we lead the way in maternal and fetal research in the UK.
Why support Tommy's
Parents who suffer from miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth may have heard one or more of the following common phrases:
- ‘It’s one of those things’
- ‘It’s nature’s way’
- ‘You’ve just been unlucky’
Would this be an acceptable thing to say to someone who has cancer or Alzheimer’s? We think not – so why do we say these things in pregnancy?
We are supported by people who refuse to accept that a baby's death is just 'one of those things'. The people who support us want to do something about the lack of research and information around pregnancy issues. Like us, they believe every parent has the right to a healthy pregnancy and baby.
Our target is to halve the number of babies that die during pregnancy or birth by 2030.
We fund research that saves lives
We fund three research centres in the UK:
We're also delighted to announce that a fourth research centre that investigates early miscarriage will be opened in April 2016.
Each of our research centres has clinics where we see women who are at higher risk of pregnancy problems, some of whom are desperate for help after having repeated problems.
For our clinics, it’s about giving these women the chance to participate in research, but it’s also about providing the best possible care, from a team of people who have a huge amount of knowledge and experience.
We also provide community interventions for women who are at higher risk of pregnancy problems, such as those who smoke, are overweight or eat a poor diet.
Together with our teams of scientists and clinicians, they are helping us provide the evidence that will make antenatal care better for all.
We provide information and support to parents
We feel it's important to provide free, accurate and up-to-date information for medical professionals and parents-to-be around healthy pregnancy.
Our pregnancy information service:
Our track record
Our track record in achieving ‘impossible’ goals is impressive…
Seven years ago, for example, Tommy’s decided to focus our Manchester research centre on stillbirth despite the prevailing view that nothing could be done/it wasn’t important. Seven years later:
- in the population served by our Manchester clinics, stillbirth has reduced by nearly 20 percent between 2010–2013
- stillbirth is starting to decline around the UK
- reduction of stillbirth is now a government target
Tommy’s is still funding the only stillbirth centre in the UK and we are doing amazing things to improve antenatal care and save babies lives.
Tommy’s can help to make a real difference to saving babies lives…
Watch a film about Tommy's work
Tommy's from Tommy's on Vimeo.
How does Tommy's measure success?
We believe it is important to measure our progress as a charity against key measures such as staff costs, donor satisfaction and medical research.
To this end, we provide annual measures reports based on our balanced scorecard. These are used to determine how well we are doing as a charity, and allow our supporters to clearly see where their money is going.
For more information about how we measure our success, and for this year's reports, please visit our 'Measuring our success' page.
Read Tommy's policy on our acceptance or refusal of donations.
Our charity registration
TOMMY'S is a charity registered in England no 1060508 and in Scotland no SC039280.
Registered office: Nicholas House, 3 Laurence Pountney Hill, London
VAT registration number 691 4929 94
Tommy's is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC). We support the AMRC position statement on the use of animals in research.