Tommy's and Water Babies

Working together to save more babies' lives

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Water Babies has raised over £3 million for Tommy's by running the Tommy's Splashathon events every two years. In 2017 alone they raised over £1.17million!

Water Babies runs multi-award winning baby swimming classes from birth and now teaches more than 41,000 babies and toddlers each week across the UK. Swimming with your baby is a special time to focus purely on each other and enjoy the closeness of playing in water. It's also the perfect exercise for little ones, since water allows muscles to move freely while being supported by its buoyancy.

One of their core philosophies is that they'll teach you to teach your baby to swim, so together they'll teach your child to feel safe and confident both above and below the water. Within a few lessons they'll be moving freely under the water, and over time they'll progress from the early days of enjoying the freedom and fun to learning to swim independently.

They've the best baby swimming teachers in the world: Only Water Babies teachers can obtain a national diploma in baby swimming, and they could have trained as private pilots - five times over - in the time it takes to fully qualify with them.

And their results speak for themselves: More than a dozen Water Babies have used their skills to survive after accidentally falling into water, even though they were very young at the time.

Joanna Rae Hood - by Sarah Guilar for Water Babies

Why support Tommy's

Read about our work

  • Tommy's researcher wearing white gloves using tweezers to put something on a slide

    Other research

    While Tommy’s concentrate most of our research on stillbirth, miscarriage and premature birth, we know that work is needed in many other areas to make sure as many babies as possible are born alive and well.

  • A researcher in a white lab coat looking at results on a computer

    New tests and technologies research

    Tommy’s are taking advantage of technology to develop new ways of making sure as many babies as possible are born healthy, from new scanning techniques to training simulators for amniocentesis.

  • Woman talking to health professional.

    Mental health and wellbeing research

    Tommy’s understand pregnancy complications cause far more than just physical harm. We want to understand the best way to support women’s mental health both during pregnancy and following loss.

  • Itching hands

    Cholestasis research

    Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, or obstetric cholestasis, is the most common liver disease affecting women during pregnancy.

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