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.
Miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy may trigger long-term post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression
The largest ever study into the psychological impact of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy has shown that early-stage pregnancy loss can have a serious impact on mental health. The research was led by Professor Tom Bourne at the Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research at Imperial College London.
A pilot trial led by Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research suggests diabetes drug could be repurposed to target the lining of the womb in women with recurrent miscarriage.
More than a third of maternity doctors admitted they suffer from burnout and exhaustion. This means that they may avoid difficult cases, over-prescribe medications and care less about their patients, increasing the risk of mistakes.
Abdominal stitch is more effective than vaginal stitch for women who experience recurrent preterm births
A clinical trial has shown that an abdominal stitch can save babies’ lives by reducing preterm birth for high-risk women who have had a previous failed vaginal stitch. The trial was led and co-authored by Professor Andrew Shennan, Clinical Director of Tommy’s Preterm Surveillance Clinic.