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 

  • 731,213 births were registered in 2018
  • There were 2958 stillbirths in 2018
  • Approximately 60,000 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

  • Baby Yaeli was sadly stillborn after reduced fetal movements

    Story

    My baby's death was preventable, but that doesn't mean it was my fault

    Deborah is 37 and lives in Borehamwood with her caring and supportive husband Ben. Their baby Yaeli was sadly stillborn at 40 weeks + 1 day after Deborah noticed reduced movements.

  • Mum holding baby up close to her face

    Story

    Our little boy wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Tommy’s pioneering research

    Gaynor and Ben from Yorkshire were devastated when their daughter Kallipateira was stillborn in 2018. Sadly, their second pregnancy ended in miscarriage in 2019. Gaynor self-referred to Tommy’s Rainbow Clinic in Manchester later that year and was supported by Professor Heazell through her third pregnancy. Their healthy rainbow baby Apollon was born during lockdown in 2020.

  • Esme

    Story

    Stillbirth and explaining baby loss to children

    Frankie's first pregnancy was low risk, largely problem free. At 38 weeks and 2 days, Frankie experienced reduced movements and sadly baby Esme was stillborn. With small children in her wider family, Frankie turned to books to try and explain the tragic loss of Esme - but couldn't find anything suitable. It was then that she created the beautifully illustrated book 'These Precious Little People', for families affected by the death of a baby.

  • Sharon and her family

    Story

    I want to inspire others to find their voice and break the silence

    Sharon Manatsa from Bedfordshire was delighted when she found out she was pregnant in 2016. Devastatingly, her baby Melkiah was stillborn. Sharon is now determined to break the stigma around baby loss, particularly within Black and minority ethnic communities. This is Sharon’s story.