Statistics about pregnancy 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.

Pregnancy-statistics

It is hard to believe that in this day and age, nine babies are stillborn every day.

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.

Key facts about pregnancy in the UK:

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Sources

1. ONS (2017) Vital statistics: population and health reference tables 2017, Office of National Statistics, London, England, https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigrati...

2. ONS (2017) Vital statistics: population and health reference tables 2017, Office of National Statistics, London, England, https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigrati...

3. ONS (2017) Vital statistics: population and health reference tables 2017, Office of National Statistics, London, England, https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigrati...

4. RCOG (2011) Acute gynaecology and early pregnancy 2011, RCOG Press; 2011.p.11-22, Royal College of Gynaecologists, London, England

5. WHO (2012) Country data and rankings for preterm birth 2012, World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland, http://www.who.int/pmnch/media/news/2012/201204_borntoosoon_countryranki...

6. ONS (2017) Vital statistics: population and health reference tables 2017, Office of National Statistics, London, England, https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigrati...

7. ONS (2017) Vital statistics: population and health reference tables 2017, Office of National Statistics, London, England, https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigrati...

8. WHO (2012) Country data and rankings for preterm birth 2012, World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland, http://www.who.int/pmnch/media/news/2012/201204_borntoosoon_countryranki...

9. Regan L (2001) Miscarriage: what every woman needs to know, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Miscarriage-What-every-Woman-needs/dp/0752837575

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Statistics by topic

  • Miscarriage statistics

    Miscarriage statistics

    Statistics about early miscarriage, late miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy.

  • Stillbirth statistics

    Stillbirth statistics

    1 in every 225 births ends in a stillbirth in the UK. That's 9 babies every day.

  • Pre-term birth statistics

    Premature birth statistics

    A preterm birth is one that happens before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Globally, more than 1 in 10 pregnancies will end in preterm birth.

  • pre-eclampsia-stats

    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.

Read more about our work

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    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.

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