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 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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