Our research

Our vision is a world where no parent is left devastated by the loss or premature birth of a baby. In the UK, it is estimated that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss during pregnancy or birth. 60,000 babies are born prematurely. We research causes and treatments so we can make pregnancy and birth safer for all.

Tommy’s is the largest charity carrying out research into pregnancy loss and premature birth in the UK.

Thanks to supporters like you we are able to carry out more than 2 million pounds worth of ground-breaking research every year in 4 centres across the UK, into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.

Our research means babies are born healthy every day who would otherwise be lost. But pregnancy loss and prematurity still cause heartbreak for millions of families - killing 1 in 4 babies. We exist to change that.

Our research network is now one of the biggest in Europe. Hundreds of doctors and midwives work together across the Tommy’s research centre network to improve the safety of pregnancy and birth for mother and baby.

We run specialist clinics

We have clinics at each of our research centres that care for women at risk of pregnancy complications or loss, and where couples have the opportunity to participate in some of our research trials.

Find out more about Tommy’s clinics

Read more about our research

  • Tommy's research centres

    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.

  • Clinical researcher looking at test tube

    Research into miscarriage

    Miscarriage is the most common complication of pregnancy with 1 in 4 women experiencing at least 1 miscarriage during their reproductive lifetime. This is a quarter of all mothers-to-be, a quarter of all families affected by loss.

  • Team of researchers

    Research into stillbirth

    When a baby dies after 24 weeks of gestation, it is called a stillbirth. Nearly 3000 families a year get the devastating news that their baby is not alive. Our research is helping to change this.

  • Nurse monitoring premature baby in hospital

    Research into premature birth

    Around 60,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the UK. These babies are vulnerable – they are born before they have grown to cope with the outside world. Tommy’s is saving lives by researching how we can prevent premature births by finding those at risk early on.

  • Health professional measuring pregnant woman's blood pressure.

    Research into pregnancy complications

    There are specific diseases that can cause complications during and after pregnancy. Read on to find out more, and search our research by specific complications.

  • Three pregnant women sitting in a row

    Research into health and wellbeing in pregnancy

    In addition to our core work on miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm birth and pre-eclampsia, Tommy’s also funds projects that research the effects of lifestyle and well-being on pregnancy and on the later life of the child.

  • Pregnancy stats in the UK

    Pregnancy loss statistics

    Statistics about pregnancy loss and complications in the UK.

  • Clinician scanning a pregnant woman

    Our clinics

    Tommy's clinics allow us to translate our cutting-edge research into cutting-edge care, and help us connect to women eligible to take part in our clinical trials.

  • Harpreet, Amandeep and baby daughter

    The impact of Tommy's research

    Tommy's funds and conducts pioneering research into the causes of stillbirth, preterm birth and miscarriage to prevent baby loss and premature birth.

  • A photo of a new mum holding her baby to her ksin after birth

    Saving Babies' Lives Care Bundle

    This ‘care bundle’ action plan will help NHS England to make maternity care safer, alongside guidelines to reduce preterm birth.

  • Giovanna Fletcher for Tommy's Tell me WHY campaign
  • Preterm baby

    New guidance aiming to reduce pre-term birth is unveiled

    Version 2 of the Saving Babies' Lives Care Bundle (SBLCBv2) has been unveiled.

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