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The impact of our research
Tommy’s has four different research centres across the UK, conducting groundbreaking research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. Our research network is now one of the biggest in Europe; hundreds of doctors and midwives come together across the Tommy’s research centre network to improve pregnancy outcomes for both mother and baby.
At these centres we have specialist clinics that care for women at risk of pregnancy complications, and where couples have the opportunity to participate in some of our research trials.
We monitor all of our work very carefully to ensure we maintain a consistently high standard in everything we do. This ensures that more research breakthroughs happen sooner and we save as many babies’ lives as possible.
1 in 4 women experience miscarriage in their lifetimes, and 1 in 100 have 3 or more miscarriages in a row. We want to change this so that women no longer have to suffer the trauma of losing their babies.
When a baby dies after 24 weeks of gestation, it is called a stillbirth. Around 2.6 million babies are stillborn each year. Tommy’s research is helping to change this.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To know what we need to change and where we need to go, we closely monitor national birth statistics. Here are some key pregnancy facts for the UK.
We believe it is important to use our generous supporters’ money effectively so we can save as many babies’ lives as possible. See what a difference our research has made so far.
Tommy’s is committed to making pregnancy and birth safer for all. We believe that to do that we need to carefully monitor our research to make sure we're making progress towards that goal.
1. Regan L (2001) Miscarriage: what every woman needs to know, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Miscarriage-What-every-Woman-needs/dp/0752837575Hide details
By Elizabeth (not verified) on 17 Apr 2017 - 15:19
Hello, I love the work you do here at Tommy's so much I selected to do a research paper about you! However I have searched for ages and can't seem to find when Tommy's began! If anyone could let me know that would be a huge help. Thank you :)
By Midwife @Tommys on 18 Apr 2017 - 10:11
Thank you for your email - its wonderful to hear such enthusiasm about the important work here at Tommy's.
The Tommy's campaign as it was called initially started officially in 1992 - we've just recently celebrated 25 years of Tommy's at our annual Tommy's Awards ceremony!
You can find more information on our founders here:
Please contact us via email [email protected] if we can help with any further information.
By Bradley Winstanley (not verified) on 14 Mar 2017 - 09:13
I am looking for some support/counselling for my wife. We have twin boys born at 25 weeks spending several months in NICU. Austin had a VP shunt and at 28 months still isn't walking.
It has taken my wife this long to really open up and show she would like to speak about her ordeal and how she is feeling with Austins slower development.
Is there anyone local to Southend in Essex you can recommend? We are happy to pay privately.
By Midwife @Tommys on 14 Mar 2017 - 09:23
Thank you for contacting Tommy's and congratulations on your twin boys. I'm sorry to hear of the concerns you and your wife have.
Your health visitor usually is your best point of contact regarding any development milestones and concerns.
In regards to discussing and opening up about the birth and related issues please email us - [email protected] so I can provide some further information.
By Midwife @Tommys on 3 Mar 2017 - 15:25
Hello, What a lovely story about your daughter. I am so pleased to hear how well she is doing and I am sure our readers will be equally happy. Good luck to her and to you. Best wishes Tommy's midwives
By Danielle (not verified) on 13 Nov 2016 - 23:19
Hi, my son was born at 32 weeks in September 2015. Everywhere explains about health risks to the babies when they are first born premature but I wanted to know how it affects their immune system when they get a bit older? My son is now 13 months old and he is always ill with infections and colds and I just wondered if this was due to him being premature?
By Midwife @Tommys on 14 Nov 2016 - 10:06
Hi there Danielle. Every baby born prematurely is different. You would be best speaking to your health visitor or GP about this as they will know your son's full medical history and be able to comment far more accurately than us, who do not have your son's full information and medical history. I hope your little man feels better soon! Look after yourselves.
By Anonymous (not verified) on 2 Mar 2017 - 08:21
My daughter was born at 26 weeks and weighed 1lb 3ozs. In her infancy understandably she suffered a lot of infections due to the underlying conditions she had from being so early. Once she reached 4/5 and started pre-school etc she got no more illnesses than any other kid of her age. Now, she is 19, at University and has no more illnesses than any other adult.
By Midwife @Tommys on 6 Oct 2016 - 16:04
So sorry to hear about your daughter's miscarriage. It is certainly true that this can affect the whole family. Whatever your position is in the family you are welcome to call our midwives on 0800 0147 800 and they may be able to help to support you. You may find it helpful to visit our page about pregnancy loss https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/pregnancy-complications/pregnancy-loss
By Anonymous (not verified) on 6 Oct 2016 - 10:15
My daughter miscarried her little one in October last year. She blamed herself. I tried to to make her feel better but what can you say in these circumstances. Losing a child affects the whole family. People say 'well your young you can try again', or 'it wasn't to be'. Not the sort of answer you want you hear. Time heals but you don't forget .
By [email protected]'s on 11 May 2016 - 11:49
Sorry to hear about your story. Please call our midwives on 0800 0147 800 and talk to them. We can't give specific advice through comments but they will be able to help you. The line is open Mon-Fri 9-5pm.
By Anonymous (not verified) on 8 May 2016 - 10:48
Över the past two years me and my partner have lost two babies, the first our little girl in 2014 and then again our little boy in 2015! Both pregnancies went exactly the same way, I began bleeding heavily early on in both pregnancies but all the hospital done was tell me to stay at home and take it easy and not to bother about it unless the cĺots got bigger or any pain started. The babies were both alwaýs ĺow down basically like they were lying on my pelvic bone yet I was told things were fine as long as there wasn't any pain and after everything our babies weren't even classed as babies as my pregnancies were only 18 and 20 weeks, still have no proper answer as to what caused both pregnancies ťo go the way they did?