Our partner, Danone, plays a vital role in giving more babies the best start in life. Over the last four years through a variety of campaigns, they have donated over £160,000 towards our research into the impact of maternal obesity on the unborn child.
Our Edinburgh centre focuses on maternal obesity and the adverse impact this has on the health of the unborn child. Given that half of all pregnant women in the UK are now overweight or obese at the start of pregnancy, this is a growing cause for concern.
1 in 5 Scottish women are obese at the start of pregnancy, putting both mother and baby at risk of serious complications. Our Edinburgh centre is investigating why obesity causes problems and we were the first to show that diet and weight in pregnancy can pre-programme the child to a lifetime of health problems.
Our metabolic clinic sees 1-3 women with BMI’s over 40 each week. Many of these women take part in our research trials so we’ve been able to develop guidelines of best practice for managing pregnancy in obese women. We couldn't have done this without Danone Baby Nutrition's support!
Danone Baby Nutrition also sponsor the Healthcare Hero Award at the Tommy's Awards. The Healthcare Hero Award celebrates midwives who have gone over and above the call of duty to help mothers have a healthy pregnancy by making changes to their lifestyle.
By working together, we are ensuring that more women in the UK have a healthy and happy pregnancy.
'We have developed a strong, trusting relationship and Tommy’s are extremely proactive in developing partnership activities which span our business. We work with many organisations, but I would highly recommend Tommy’s, above others, for building a successful and fun partnership.' Caroline Brandi, Medical Affairs, Danone Baby Nutrition
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Then began the rollercoaster that all parents of preemies know too well - a period of improvements and then a set back.
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Recent research achievements in miscarriage and stillbirth, premature birth, pre-eclampsia and general pregnancy health.
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.
When a baby dies after 24 weeks of gestation it is called a stillbirth. Incredibly, over 3,500 babies are stillborn every year in the UK and many of these deaths remain unexplained. Tommy’s research is dedicated to improving these shocking statistics.
Around 60,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the UK and many suffer lifelong consequences as a result. Preterm birth is the leading cause of neonatal death in the UK.