We invest in research to save babies' lives

In the UK, 1 in 4 pregnancies will end in miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth. Often, no one can tell parents why it happened. Our research aims to find out why pregnancy goes wrong and how to stop it happening.

We fund four research centres across the UK - investigating all areas of pregnancy loss. We have hundreds of doctors and midwives working together to improve pregnancy outcome for mother and baby.

Our research network is now one of the biggest in Europe and it is a powerful force for change in the area of pregnancy and antenatal care and treatment. 

Thanks to our supporters we are able to give £1,600,000 a year to our four centres, allowing them to investigate the causes and find ways of preventing stillbirth, miscarriage and premature birth.

We know that our approach works, and that by funding research and providing pregnancy information we are saving lives. Examples of our successes include:

  • we have reduced stillbirth by 22% in Greater Manchester between 2010 and 2014;
  • we have achieved a 23% reduction in premature births in high risk women attending our London clinic during 2014-15 (compared to the previous year); and
  • we are running one of the UK’s few specialist clinics for severely obese pregnant women. This is saving babies’ lives: we have shown that the risk of having a stillbirth was eight times higher in obese women who did not attend our clinic compared with those who did attend.

We monitor all of our work carefully to ensure we maintain a consistently high standard in everything we do. This ensures that more research breakthroughs happen sooner and we save as many babies’ lives as possible.

Find out more about the impact of our work.

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    Recent research achievements

    Recent research achievements in miscarriage and stillbirth, premature birth, pre-eclampsia and general pregnancy health.

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    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.

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    Research into stillbirth

    When a baby dies after 24 weeks of gestation it is called a stillbirth. Incredibly, over 3,500 babies are stillborn every year in the UK and many of these deaths remain unexplained. Tommy’s research is dedicated to improving these shocking statistics.

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    Research into premature birth

    Around 60,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the UK and many suffer lifelong consequences as a result. Preterm birth is the leading cause of neonatal death in the UK.

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    Research into miscarriage

    Miscarriage affects 200,000 couples every year in the UK, with 85% of miscarriages happening in the first 12 weeks. Often parents receive no answers to their questions. We want to change that.

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    Stories from families we have helped

    Stories of Tommy's research and care from families who have been helped by our research centres and clinics.

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    Our strategy for funding research

    We believe that funding medical research will lead to increased understanding of pregnancy that will improve antenatal care and the detection, treatment and management of women in pregnancy.

  • 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.

Statistics are dry but they are behind everything we do

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    Stillbirth statistics

    Around 2.6 million stillbirths (the death of a baby at 24 weeks' gestation or more) occur each year. Although 98% of these deaths take place in low-income and middle-income countries.

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    Premature birth statistics

    A preterm birth, one that happens before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy, is the number one cause of newborn deaths and the second leading cause of deaths in children under five.

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    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.

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    Miscarriage statistics

    Statistics about early miscarriage, late miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy