Tommy's and Water Babies

Working together to save more babies' lives

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Water Babies has raised over £2 million for Tommy's by running the Tommy's Splashathon events every two years. In 2015 alone they raised over £816,000!

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

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Read about our work

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    Recent research achievements

    Recent research achievements in miscarriage and stillbirth, premature birth, pre-eclampsia and general pregnancy health.

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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. 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.

  • Nurse monitoring premature baby in hospital

    Research into premature birth

    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.

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