We are the largest charity funding research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. We also provide information for parents-to-be to help them have a healthy pregnancy and baby.
Miscarriage and stillbirth should not be seen as 'bad luck'
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.
Read more about what we believe.
Our research saves lives
We fund four research centres in the UK that investigate causes and find treatments for miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.
Our research centres also have clinics where we provide specialised antenatal care for women who are at high risk of having miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. They also have an opportunity to be part of our research through taking part in trials for pioneering new treatments.
They are under the care of a team of people who have a huge amount of knowledge, experience and understanding of the psychological effects of pregnancy loss.
Together with our teams of scientists and clinicians, they are helping us provide the evidence that will make antenatal care better for all.
We support parents-to-be
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:
We empower women by giving them the high quality information they need during pregnancy to make pregnancy safer and a whole new generation healthier.
Our vision is a world where no parent is left devastated by the loss or premature birth of a baby. We fund pioneering research to find causes and treatments for pregnancy complications and improve maternity care across the UK.
Miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy may trigger long-term post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression
The largest ever study into the psychological impact of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy has shown that early-stage pregnancy loss can have a serious impact on mental health. The research was led by Professor Tom Bourne at the Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research at Imperial College London.
A pilot trial led by Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research suggests diabetes drug could be repurposed to target the lining of the womb in women with recurrent miscarriage.
More than a third of maternity doctors admitted they suffer from burnout and exhaustion. This means that they may avoid difficult cases, over-prescribe medications and care less about their patients, increasing the risk of mistakes.
Abdominal stitch is more effective than vaginal stitch for women who experience recurrent preterm births
A clinical trial has shown that an abdominal stitch can save babies’ lives by reducing preterm birth for high-risk women who have had a previous failed vaginal stitch. The trial was led and co-authored by Professor Andrew Shennan, Clinical Director of Tommy’s Preterm Surveillance Clinic.