Statistics about pregnancy loss

Tommy's exists to change the unacceptable statistics connected to baby loss. 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.

Statistics about pregnancy

It is hard to believe that in this day and age, up to one in four women will lose a baby during pregnancy or birth.

Tommy's believes every baby deserves the best start in life and we are committed to funding medical research and providing information to help more mums and dads through a healthy pregnancy and birth.

Here are some key, latest facts about pregnancy for the UK:

777,165 babies were born alive in 2015.

  • In 2015, there were 3035 stillbirths.  This is a decrease of 14.8% vs 2014.[1]
  • There were 1,360 neonatal deaths.  In addition, over 850 babies died at 22 and 23 weeks of pregnancy.[2]
  • 60,000 babies are born preterm every year.3]      (Figures for Northern Ireland not available)

Statistics by topic

  • Miscarriage statistics

    Miscarriage statistics

    Statistics about early miscarriage, late miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy

  • Pre-eclampsia statistics

    Pre-eclampsia statistics

    Pre-eclampsia is a condition that affects some pregnant women, usually during the second half of pregnancy (from around 20 weeks) or soon after their baby is delivered.nd half of pregnancy (from around 20 weeks) or soon after their baby is delivered.

  • Pre-term birth statistics

    Premature birth statistics

    A preterm birth, one that happens before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy, is the number one cause of newborn deaths and the second leading cause of deaths in children under five.

  • Stillbirth statistics

    Stillbirth statistics

    Around 2.6 million stillbirths (the death of a baby at 24 weeks' gestation or more) occur globally each year. In the UK, that equates to 9 stillborn babies a day and untold heartbreak for their families.

Read more about our work

  • 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.

  • Team of researchers

    Research into stillbirth

    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.

  • 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.

Why our work is necessary

Sources

Topline statistics taken from the following sources:

Office for National Statistics (ONS). Birth characteristics in England and Wales, 2014. Available at: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html?edition=tcm%3A77-401556 (accessed 18 February 2016).

Information Services Division Scotland. Births in Scottish hospitals year ending 31 March 2015. Available at: https://isdscotland.scot.nhs.uk/Health-Topics/Maternity-and-Births/Publications/2015-11-24/2015-11-24-Births-Report.pdf?23003786803 (accessed 2 February 2016).

Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA). Registrar General annual report 2014Births. Available at: http://www.nisra.gov.uk/demography/default.asp98.htm (accessed 2 February 2016).

Other sources:

[1] MBRACE-UK (2017) Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report Available at: https://www.npeu.ox.ac.uk/mbrrace-uk/reports (accessed 28th June 2017)

[2] MBRACE-UK (2017) Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report Available at: https://www.npeu.ox.ac.uk/mbrrace-uk/reports (accessed 28th June 2017)

[3]Office for National Statistics (ONS) https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/livebirths/datasets/birthcharacteristicsinenglandandwales and Information Services Division Scotland (http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Maternity-and-Births/Births/ (accessed 24 March 2017)

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Office for National statistics (ONS). Gestation-specific infant mortality in England and Wales, 2013. Available at: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html?edition=tcm%3A77-395938 (accessed 2 February 2016).

National Records of Scotland. Vital events reference tables 2014. Available at: http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/files//statistics/vital-events-ref-tables/2014/section-4/14-vital-events-ref-tab-4-1.pdf (accessed 2 February 2016).

Information Analysis Directorate. Northern Ireland termination of pregnancy statistics 2014/15. Available at: https://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/dhssps/hs-termination-of-pregnancy-stats-14-15.pdf (accessed 2 February 2016).

Health & Social Care Information Centre. NHS maternity statistics – England, 2014–15. Available at: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/article/2021/Website-Search?productid=19422&q=%22NHS+Maternity+Statistics+-+England%22&sort=Relevance&size=10&page=1&area=both#top (accessed 2 February 2016).

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