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.
- 2,127 babies are born
- 10 babies are stillborn
- 684 babies are miscarried
- 152 babies are born preterm.
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.”
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.
Every pound we raise brings us a step closer to understanding pregnancy complications and saving babies' lives.
We empower women by giving them the high quality information they need during pregnancy to make pregnancy safer and a whole new generation healthier.
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.
After Sarah Dobson had a stillborn son, Hamish, she was cared for in her following pregnancy in the Tommy's Rainbow clinic.
Adam Powsney and his wife Hayley lost their son, Joshua, at birth. Their daughter, Edie, was born a year later under the care of Dr Alex Heazell at the Rainbow clinic.
Sam Jones, 30, from Manchester, had a miscarriage at 8 weeks. She lost her son Guy at 25 weeks and 5 days.
Aimee Rigby and Stuart Amos lost baby George, who died after being born prematurely. They also suffered second trimester miscarriages, and lost their second son Harry, who was stillborn in 2014. In February they welcomed their son Bertie.
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 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?