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.
Nicole and her fiancé, Steven, lost their baby girl Avery in October last year. They now have a plan in place at Tommy’s Rainbow Clinic to stop this from happening again.
‘I will get any changes in movement checked immediately in this pregnancy as I understand now just how important it can be and how devastating the consequences are’
Sandra Bassett’s baby boy Toby was born sleeping after she experienced reduced fetal movements in 2015. Sandra has gone on to fundraise in Toby’s name and recently donated a cuddle cot to the hospital Toby was born in.
I will honour them by running Brighton Marathon with the aim of raising as much as I possibly can to help Tommy’s and prevent future mothers experiencing the heartache I went through.
I would love to raise awareness for this condition. My consultant was brilliant but many do not really know a great deal about it.
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