Losing a baby or having a premature birth is devastating.
1 in 4 families currently go through the heartbreak of losing a baby through miscarriage or stillbirth. Many other families have to endure the trauma of a premature birth, a baby born before their body is ready for life outside the womb. Premature babies can spend months in neonatal care struggling to survive.
Losing a child during pregnancy is the loss of a whole life – from first birthdays, first days at school to first days at a new job. These babies are remembered, mourned and deeply missed. Loss can have a devastating and lasting psychological and emotional impact on mum, dad and the whole family.
That is why Tommy’s is so dedicated to changing the status quo through research. Through our pioneering research into everything to do with pregnancy and baby's growth in the womb, we tirelessly search for the answers to prematurity and loss.
We want to find out the underlying reasons why:
- things go wrong during pregnancy or birth
- how we can see which pregnancies are at risk
- how we can treat these pregnancies early enough to avoid premature birth or baby loss.
1 in 4 women experience miscarriage in their lifetimes, and 1 in 100 have 3 or more miscarriages in a row. We want to change this so that women no longer have to suffer the trauma of losing their babies.
When a baby dies after 24 weeks of gestation it is called a stillbirth. Around 2.6 million babies are stillborn each year. Tommy’s research is helping to change this.
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.