Pregnancy loss statistics

Statistics about pregnancy loss and complications in the UK.

Pregnancy stats in the UK

Tommy's believes every baby deserves the best start in life and we are committed to funding medical research and providing information to help more mums and dads through a healthy pregnancy and birth.

  • Around 60,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the UK.
  • In the UK, it is estimated that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss during pregnancy or birth.

Key statistics about pregnancy and loss in the UK 

  • 753,243 births were registered in 2018
  • There were 2943 stillbirths in 2018
  • Approximately 52,000 babies were born prematurely in 2018
  • An estimated 1 in 5 pregnancies ended in miscarriage (1 in 8 if we only count women who realised/reported the miscarriage)
  • Estimates suggest there are 250,000 miscarriages every year in the UK, and around 11,000 emergency admissions for ectopic pregnancies.
  • There were 2,131 neonatal deaths in 2018
  • 114 women died from mental health-related causes during or up to one year after pregnancy in the UK and Ireland in 2018 
  • 209 women died during or up to 6 weeks after pregnancy between 2015-2017 - this equates to 9.2 women per 100,000 who died due to causes associated with pregnancy during pregnancy or soon after 

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Statistics by topic

  • 1 in 4 women will experience miscarriage

    Miscarriage statistics

    Statistics about early miscarriage, late miscarriage, recurrent miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy.

  • 8 babies are stillborn everyday in the UK

    Statistics about stillbirth

    1 in every 250 pregnancies ends in a stillbirth in the UK. That's 8 babies every day.

  • Premature birth statistics

    A preterm birth is one that happens before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Globally, more than 1 in 10 pregnancies will end in preterm birth.

  • Pre-eclampsia statistics

    Pre-eclampsia is a condition that affects some pregnant women, usually during the second half of pregnancy (from around 20 weeks) or soon after their baby is delivered.

Read more about our work

  • Three pregnant women sitting in a row

    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. Nearly 3000 families a year get the devastating news that their baby is not alive. Our research is helping to change this.

  • Nurse monitoring premature baby in hospital

    Research into premature birth

    Around 60,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the UK. These babies are vulnerable – they are born before they have grown to cope with the outside world. Tommy’s is saving lives by researching how we can prevent premature births by finding those at risk early on.

Why our work is necessary

  • Story

    We travelled to our son’s funeral in the car, a tiny coffin between us

    Sharon and her husband Andrew from Manchester lost their son, James, at 29 weeks to stillbirth. Sharon was referred to the Tommy’s Rainbow Clinic with her second pregnancy

  • Story

    Finding strength in vulnerability

    “My experience of baby loss has given me a new definition of self, a new way of seeing, and a new love – one so strong that it made saying hello and goodbye in the same day worth all the pain.”

  • Story

    Our Rainbow

    As part of our ongoing partnership with MAM who donate 50p for every Rainbow Soother sold, Tommy’s sat down to chat with Samantha Jones, founder of the blog ‘Storms and Rainbows’ about her experiences of loss and what the term ‘rainbow baby’ means to her.

  • A baby who was stillborn in a crib surrounded by photos and a teddy

    Story

    Being physically close with my baby made the loss much more bearable

    For many people, the loss of a baby leaves them feeling shocked, isolated and empty. It is difficult in this traumatic time to realise that later, you may treasure the memories of your baby you create. Mary shares her experience of spending time and making memories with her stillborn daughter, Alana.