Tommy’s wants all pregnancies to be healthy and safe. We want to see pregnancy loss halved by 2030.
To do this we:
- fund four research centres across the UK to understand the causes of stillbirth, premature birth and miscarriage, and to seek interventions to prevent them.
- provide evidence based, expert and user led, accessible pregnancy information to support mums-to-be in having a healthy pregnancy.
Our pregnancy health service is unique in that it is backed by a team of midwives, who are able to respond to queries, give advice and tips on current health issues and questions, and feed into the development of new information and tools for pregnant women.
It consists of:
- our website [www.tommys.org/pregnancy]
- our Facebook page [Tommy’s Midwives]
- our pregnancyline [0800 0147 800].
We focus our information on six key areas that we think will make the most difference on pregnancy outcomes and the health of the baby:
Our pregnancy information development process
Our content is reviewed and updated regularly in line with our NHS England Information Standard accredited process.
Experts in midwifery, obstetrics, public health, clinical and medical specialists from around the UK regularly contribute to our review process. Specialists in certain topics advise us and help us to make sure information is accurate and relevant to what happens in practice.
We also continue to invest in public-facing health campaigns on the six areas that we think will have most impact on pregnancy health: smoking, nutrition, weight management, mental health, exercise and knowing the symptoms that necessitate a call to a midwife/doctor.
Our Pregnancy Service Advisory Board
Our Pregnancy Information Service is also overseen by our National Pregnancy Information Service Advisory Board, a group of senior representatives from midwifery and obstetrics and maternity policy. It includes representatives from RCOG, RCM, NHS and Department of Health.
Clinical Policy and Strategy Manager, NHS England, Acute Care Clinical Policy Unit
Maternity & Early Years Lead, Health and Wellbeing Directorate, Public Health England
Midwife in Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, RCM board member and Board of the RCM Trust
Professor Jacqui Dunkley-Bent
Director of Maternity at NHS England, Professor of Midwifery at Imperial College, London
Sheena Byrom, OBE
Independent Midwifery Consultant, author and speaker
RCM Professional lead, Community Midwife
Consultant midwife at the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and Queen’s University Belfast, previous Chair of RCM Board NI
Mrs Geeta Kumar
Fellow of RCOG, Chair of RCOG Patient Information Committee
Tommy’s Midwifery Team Manager, practising midwife and health visitor
Professor Jane Sandall
Professor of Social Science and Women’s Health, Women’s Health Clinical Academic Group, Kings College London; RCM Board member and NIHR senior Investigator
Manager of Maternity and Children’s Health, Department of Health
Recent graduate from Huddersfield Uni, now employed by Leeds TH Trust. Co-President of Huddersfield Midwifery Society, internship at RCM, background in prison service and CBT
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