Why we exist

Tommy's exists to save babies' lives. We fund research into the causes and prevention of pregnancy complications that lead to miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. We also provide pregnancy health information for parents-to-be.

Pregnant woman being scanned in Tommy's clinic

Pregnancy loss is devastating. Tommy's was started by two obstetricians who were frustrated with the scale of pregnancy loss in the UK. 

1 in 4 women lose a baby during pregnancy or birth. 

Each day:


This is unacceptable.

We exist because there is a desperate need for funding into maternal and fetal research.

When a parent is told their baby has died in pregnancy or birth, or their baby is born too soon, they are often also told that the medical teams do not know why it happened. This is because the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth are not yet understood.

“Jack was born on August 30, 2011 by emergency caesarean section at 27 weeks. He was tiny and beautiful. Our little boy was in intensive care for three days but he was just too sick to survive... I have no answers as to why we suffered this terrible loss and we struggle with not knowing.” 

Amy, Tommy’s supporter...read more

Tommy's is dedicated to finding answers and finding treatments to prevent these deaths happening. We want to make pregnancy safer.

We fund four maternal and fetal research centres across the UK that look at finding causes and ways of preventing these untimely deaths.

Read more about why our research is needed into stillbirth, miscarriage and premature birth.

Read more about our work

Stories from people we have helped


  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 17 Apr 2017 - 15:19

    Hello, I love the work you do here at Tommy's so much I selected to do a research paper about you! However I have searched for ages and can't seem to find when Tommy's began! If anyone could let me know that would be a huge help. Thank you :)

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 18 Apr 2017 - 10:11

    Thank you for your email - its wonderful to hear such enthusiasm about the important work here at Tommy's.
    The Tommy's campaign as it was called initially started officially in 1992 - we've just recently celebrated 25 years of Tommy's at our annual Tommy's Awards ceremony!
    You can find more information on our founders here:
    Please contact us via email midwife@tommys.org if we can help with any further information.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 14 Mar 2017 - 09:13

    Good morning,
    I am looking for some support/counselling for my wife. We have twin boys born at 25 weeks spending several months in NICU. Austin had a VP shunt and at 28 months still isn't walking.
    It has taken my wife this long to really open up and show she would like to speak about her ordeal and how she is feeling with Austins slower development.
    Is there anyone local to Southend in Essex you can recommend? We are happy to pay privately.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 14 Mar 2017 - 09:23

    Dear Bradley,
    Thank you for contacting Tommy's and congratulations on your twin boys. I'm sorry to hear of the concerns you and your wife have.
    Your health visitor usually is your best point of contact regarding any development milestones and concerns.
    In regards to discussing and opening up about the birth and related issues please email us - midwife@tommys.org so I can provide some further information.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 3 Mar 2017 - 15:25

    Hello, What a lovely story about your daughter. I am so pleased to hear how well she is doing and I am sure our readers will be equally happy. Good luck to her and to you. Best wishes Tommy's midwives

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 13 Nov 2016 - 23:19

    Hi, my son was born at 32 weeks in September 2015. Everywhere explains about health risks to the babies when they are first born premature but I wanted to know how it affects their immune system when they get a bit older? My son is now 13 months old and he is always ill with infections and colds and I just wondered if this was due to him being premature?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 14 Nov 2016 - 10:06

    Hi there Danielle. Every baby born prematurely is different. You would be best speaking to your health visitor or GP about this as they will know your son's full medical history and be able to comment far more accurately than us, who do not have your son's full information and medical history. I hope your little man feels better soon! Look after yourselves.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 2 Mar 2017 - 08:21

    My daughter was born at 26 weeks and weighed 1lb 3ozs. In her infancy understandably she suffered a lot of infections due to the underlying conditions she had from being so early. Once she reached 4/5 and started pre-school etc she got no more illnesses than any other kid of her age. Now, she is 19, at University and has no more illnesses than any other adult.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 6 Oct 2016 - 16:04

    So sorry to hear about your daughter's miscarriage. It is certainly true that this can affect the whole family. Whatever your position is in the family you are welcome to call our midwives on 0800 0147 800 and they may be able to help to support you. You may find it helpful to visit our page about pregnancy loss https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/pregnancy-complications/pregnancy-loss

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 6 Oct 2016 - 10:15

    My daughter miscarried her little one in October last year. She blamed herself. I tried to to make her feel better but what can you say in these circumstances. Losing a child affects the whole family. People say 'well your young you can try again', or 'it wasn't to be'. Not the sort of answer you want you hear. Time heals but you don't forget .

  • By Deirdre@Tommy's on 11 May 2016 - 11:49

    Sorry to hear about your story. Please call our midwives on 0800 0147 800 and talk to them. We can't give specific advice through comments but they will be able to help you. The line is open Mon-Fri 9-5pm.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 8 May 2016 - 10:48

    Över the past two years me and my partner have lost two babies, the first our little girl in 2014 and then again our little boy in 2015! Both pregnancies went exactly the same way, I began bleeding heavily early on in both pregnancies but all the hospital done was tell me to stay at home and take it easy and not to bother about it unless the cĺots got bigger or any pain started. The babies were both alwaýs ĺow down basically like they were lying on my pelvic bone yet I was told things were fine as long as there wasn't any pain and after everything our babies weren't even classed as babies as my pregnancies were only 18 and 20 weeks, still have no proper answer as to what caused both pregnancies ťo go the way they did?

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