It is hard to believe that in this day and age, up to one in four women will lose a baby during pregnancy or birth.
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.
Here are some key facts about pregnancy for the UK:
776,352 babies were born alive in 2014.
- In 2014, there were 3,564 stillbirths.
- In 2014, 55,647 babies were born preterm (data for Northern Ireland not available).
Pregnancy loss expressed as a number per day
- 2,127 babies were born
- 10 babies were stillborn
- 684 babies were miscarried
- 152 babies were born preterm
Statistics about early miscarriage, late miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'I was told "there's not much we can do, you'll probably have to come back tomorrow for a scan" and sent back into the waiting room.'
I decided to run the Great South Run to raise money for Tommy's and found it a lovely way to remember our lost baby.
Panic ensued as I had been to my twin consultant that Tuesday and as twins were both laying transverse.
'My baby would have to be delivered within the next 48 hours in order to save my life. Jon and I were terrified.'
Then began the rollercoaster that all parents of preemies know too well - a period of improvements and then a set back.
I felt sick and worried, my feels were right! Couldn't find a heart beat! I was beside myself. Couldn't stop crying.
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