What we believe

We believe that parents need, and deserve, answers when their babies die. Tommy’s exists to answer these questions.
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When a baby dies or is born too soon, it leaves their parents with so many questions and emotions.

Sadly, many of these questions will go unanswered because science has not yet discovered all the reasons why some babies make it and some do not, why some babies are born early and why some make it to full term.

“When we lost our son Dylan, I thought I might get some answers, I desperately needed them, and nobody could tell me anything.”

Read Lisa’s story here

We believe that parents need, and deserve, answers when their babies die or are born far too soon. Tommy's exists to answer these questions.

We fund pioneering research to reduce the number of early births in the UK and provide the best care for women who experience it.

We believe in challenging the stigma surrounding baby loss.

Losing a baby is not just ‘one of those things’ or ‘nature’s way’. Parents should be able to go through pregnancy without fear and expect to have the healthiest pregnancy possible.

When a baby dies, parents should be able to feel free of shame and guilt, and process what has happened in whatever way they feel comfortable.

We believe that every family should have access to clear, informative and accurate pregnancy advice.

No family should have to worry or store up questions between medical appointments, or cope with the unique challenges of pregnancy after loss alone.

Our midwives are always on hand to provide information, support or just a listening ear.

Our PregnancyHub provides trusted, evidence-based information for families no matter where they are on their pregnancy journey.

We believe that we can and must prevent miscarriage so that women and their families do not needlessly suffer.

Miscarriage is common and devastating for families in the UK and worldwide. Clinically and scientifically, new discoveries are giving vital clues to tackle the issue, but these breakthroughs are often scattered with little impact or continuation.

By bringing together expert scientists and researchers in the field of miscarriage research, we are working to understand early miscarriage.

Recent research has found links between early miscarriage and post-traumatic stress disorder. We are committed to improving aftercare for women who miscarry and ensuring appropriate attention is given to ensuring women’s mental wellbeing after loss, as well as in future pregnancies.

‘The message is clear; in a civilised society, it is not acceptable for women to suffer in this way.  Following this study there must now be added impetus to change in miscarriage treatment and care; many women need more support following a miscarriage and the NHS needs to rethink how women are treated throughout the experience so they do not suffer from PTSD and other psychological impacts.’

Tommy’s CEO, Jane Brewin

The UK has one of the highest stillbirth rates in Europe. We believe this must change.

In 2016, the UK was 24th out of 49 high-income countries [1]. Eight babies are stillborn every day, causing devastation for mum, dad and the whole family [2].

Despite this, there are low levels of awareness around stillbirth and low levels of funding, which is reflected in the output of national research relating to stillbirth.

“I feel different to the person I was just last year, as having Orla has changed me irrevocably from the woman I was once…I can’t speak of milestones that have been met or new stages reached in development.  But I still have the innate need to parent.  It is a natural urge that doesn’t go away even when your child isn’t able to come home with you.” Michelle Tolfrey, mother of baby Orla who was stillborn.

We have reduced the stillbirth rate in the Manchester region surrounding our Stillbirth Centre by 34% since its opening in 2010. But we will not stop until the life-saving care model our specialists use is rolled out across the country to ensure those 8 babies a day are born healthy, alive and well.
 

We believe in reducing premature birth; the leading cause of neonatal death in the UK.

Around 60,000 babies in the UK are born too soon every year [3]. That’s enough children to fill 280 primary schools. This number is simply too high.

Babies born early have an increased risk of suffering lifelong health and developmental problems. Premature birth has been linked to disabilities such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and long-term visual and hearing impairments.

Tommy’s believes every baby deserves the best start in life.

We’re committed to funding medical research into premature birth and providing comprehensive information to help more families have a healthy pregnancy and birth. 

“The fact that Priya survived pregnancy past viability is purely down to Professor Shennan and his team at Tommy’s Preterm Surveillance Clinic; their knowledge means they can correctly identify risk factors and offer treatments that many hospitals, including my local hospital, can't. Words cannot express the level of gratitude I have for the clinic, I just hope that one day the care given at these clinics becomes a national standard, so that more women like me can have a positive ending, and more importantly bring our babies home.”

Catherine Jayaram, patient at Tommy’s Preterm Surveillance Clinic

  1. Flenady V, Wojcieszek AM, Middleton P (2016) Stillbirths: recall to action in high-income countries, The Lancet 2016;387(10019):691–702 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26794070
  2. ONS, Vital statistics: population and health reference tables 2017, Office of National Statistics, London, England
    https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationestimates/datasets/vitalstatisticspopulationandhealthreferencetables
  3. World Health Organisation, Country data and rankings for preterm birth 2012
    https://www.who.int/pmnch/media/news/2012/201204_borntoosoon_countryranking.pdf