Our mission is to make the UK the safest place to give birth, halving the number of babies who die in pregnancy and birth by 2030.
We want every pregnant woman to have access to the very best care and treatments available. We are committed to driving up care maternity standards across the UK so that fewer families experience the heartbreak of baby loss. One of the most effective ways that Tommy’s can achieve this vision is by supporting medical research.
Every paper published by Tommy’s researchers helps to increase understanding and can lead to new treatments and updated guidelines which have the potential to reduce the number of babies who die during pregnancy or birth.
In the UK, approximately 1 in 250 pregnancies end in stillbirth, which equates to around 2,900 babies dying each year.
Often, parents are given no reason for their loss, and are left to cope with little support. Our research centre in Manchester was created to find answers for these families through pioneering research into stillbirth and its associated pregnancy complications. We are delighted to share with you the activities and achievements of our centre from 2021.
“Our vision is to find solutions to pregnancy problems through research excellence. We deliver world-class advances in pregnancy research to inform better clinical care, policy and practice that will improve outcomes for mothers and families.”
Professor Alex Heazell, Clinical director of Tommy’s Manchester Research Centre
2021 research highlights
Premature birth and gestational diabetes research
At our London Research Centre at Kings College London and St Thomas' Hospital, our internationally renowned clinicians focus on understanding and preventing premature birth. The team also carry out cutting-edge research into pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes and hypertension.