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.
Tommy’s exists to save babies’ lives. That’s why we give over £1.5 million every year to our four research centres to carry out vital work on preventing pregnancy loss.
Today, The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology (RCOG) published their latest Each Baby Counts report, looking at the care given to women and babies during labour in 2016.
The QUiPP app, co-funded by Tommy's, is set to help healthcare professionals identify and treat those women who are more likely to give birth prematurely.
New workplace rights to give paid leave to those who have suffered the loss of a child and ensure they are treated compassionately by employers were set out by the government today.
The latest MBRRACE-UK report looks at the reasons why women die during and just after pregnancy, and what women and their healthcare teams can do to reduce risk.