As the largest charity funding research into pregnancy and baby loss in the UK, Tommy's funds 5 pioneering research centres across the country. We believe that research will help us to find answers and prevent the devastation families face after losing a baby.
Why do we believe research is important?
Although 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth, the majority of parents never find out why it has happened. In most cases healthcare professionals simply do not know why a pregnancy loss or preterm birth has happened.
Pregnancy loss, in contrast to most other medical conditions, suffers from widespread public opinion that a miscarriage or a stillbirth is ‘one of those things’ and that the baby ‘wasn’t meant to be’. This fatalistic attitude contributes to a failure to bring about change and improvements in reproductive health and pregnancy care.
We believe that pregnancy complications and baby loss are neither inevitable nor acceptable. Our research proves that we can find answers and prevent babies from dying before, during and after birth.
"There is this myth out there that every miscarriage that occurs is because there’s some profound problem with the pregnancy, that there’s nothing that can be done. Our research is focused on unpicking that myth." - Professor Arri Coomarasamy, Clinical Director at Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research
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