Miscarriage is the most common pregnancy complication with approximately 1 in 5 women experiencing at least 1 miscarriage during their reproductive lifetime. This also represents a quarter of all pregnancies affected by loss, devastating families.
Tommy’s believes that the current situation can and must change – so in 2016, we opened the UK’s first national centre dedicated to miscarriage research. It is the biggest research centre focused on miscarriage in Europe and a unique partnership between 3 universities:
and 4 hospitals:
- Birmingham Women’s Hospital
- University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire
- Queen Charlotte’s Hospital
- St Mary’s Hospital
Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research primary research themes
Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research focuses on 4 key themes based on the questions asked by those who experience miscarriage.
- Why did my miscarriage happen?
- Will it happen again?
- Can we prevent it happening again?
- How can I bear miscarriage emotionally and move forward from here?
Current health guidelines mean that women must have 3 consecutive early miscarriages (called recurrent miscarriage) before there is any investigation. We want to challenge this. The best chance of changing the situation is through research, so we can give women and their partners the answers, care and help that they need.
Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research clinics
Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research includes a network of 4 specialist research clinics. At our recurrent miscarriage clinics, women are given the opportunity to take part in research trials, accessing cutting-edge treatments and tests.
The clinics are held at the be at the following sites:
- Birmingham Women's Hospital
- University Hospital Coventry
- Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea Hospital and St Mary's Hospital, London
“It was such a relief to find someone who actually wanted to help. We felt so disappointed and dismissed by the miscarriage care we had received up until then. I felt hopeful for the first time.”
Danielle from Peterborough had 3 miscarriages before being referred to Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research clinic in Birmingham.