Our research into stillbirth, premature birth and miscarriage

Updated February 2014

In the UK, one in four women will lose a baby as a result of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. Tommy’s believes this level of heartache is unacceptable.

Through investment in medical research we want to make things better. We have more than 100 doctors and midwives working together to improve pregnancy outcome for mother and baby. Our research centres have fostered an ambitious spirit of collaboration meaning Tommy’s research network is now one of the biggest in Europe and a major force worldwide.

Current research projects

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We're involved in numerous research projects looking at causes and prevention of stillbirth, miscarriage and premature birth. Our research is carried out in our three research centres. To see our current research projects, click here.

Research centres

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Tommy’s funds research centres in London, Manchester and Edinburgh. Each centre focuses its research efforts on different pregnancy problems. To see what each centre is doing, click here.

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We've identified markers that predict very early in pregnancy whether problems are likely to occur We've also made vital breakthroughs in preventing premature birth by looking at the causes of contractions. Read more here.

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Each year an independent report is compiled to measure the success of our research centres. To read these reports click here.

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Statistics may be dry but they're behind everything we do. These figures show us where we need to concentrate our research efforts to reduce problems during pregnancy or birth. Click here to see UK pregnancy health statistics.