Why do we need this research?
Women who experience a miscarriage can receive varying treatment and support depending on where they live. It can also take a long time for new developments in care to reach patients. We want to change this, so that everyone receives the best support after suffering a miscarriage.
What’s happening in this project?
At Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research, we want to invest in the future of miscarriage care and research. That is why the centre is supporting the next generation of healthcare professionals through training, to ensure that care gets better and better.
The team have pledged to train and mentor at least 20 midwives and 5 junior doctors by 2021. They will also provide continued medical education to NHS colleagues involved in early pregnancy care.
The training package the team hope to implement for NHS colleagues includes:
- Training in how to set up and run clinical trials;
- Specialist training in early pregnancy care, which they hope to be accredited by the Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology;
- Advanced training for nurses in early pregnancy care; and
- Professional training in early pregnancy scanning and handling sensitive conversations.
What difference will this project make?
This project will help to implement a training curriculum for the healthcare leaders of the future. This will mean they can continue to give people the best possible care during early pregnancy and following a miscarriage.
Thanks for your interest in our research
Tommy's funds research across the UK investigating the reasons for miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. We can keep you updated on ways you can support our work. If you would like to join our fight against baby loss and premature birth, click here.
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A recently published article, co-authored by Professor Catherine Williamson from Tommy’s Research Centre at King’s College London, suggests that certain pregnancy complications can indicate future health issues for women.
Tommy’s has received a grant from the UK Government’s Department for Health and Social Care to support the costs of its PregnancyHub information and support services throughout the summer, due to rising demand in the wake of coronavirus.
Although recruitment to some clinical trials had to be paused when coronavirus hit the UK, scientists at Tommy’s Research Centres across the UK are still hard at work, supporting women and families in our specialist clinics and sharing their latest studies with academic journals.
The day before Mother’s Day, and two days before the UK officially went into coronavirus lockdown, Zara Dawson found out she was having a miscarriage. Her third consecutive miscarriage in less than a year, and fourth consecutive loss, after losing her second son Jesse in 2018 to termination for medical reasons.