When a baby dies after 24 weeks of gestation it is called a stillbirth.

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.

Stillbirth has a huge psychological, social and economic impact on parents and their families. 

The UK has a stillbirth rate of 2.9 stillbirths per 1,000 total births – this remains much higher than many other high-income countries including Iceland, Denmark, Portugal and Poland. Despite its frequency the public remain unaware of the frequency of stillbirth. Cot death and Down’s syndrome are much more widely known even though these conditions are much less common than stillbirths. 

This lack of public awareness is paralleled in low levels of funding and the lack of funding is reflected in the low output of research relating to stillbirth.

That's why we have been funding a Maternal and Fetal Research Centre and Clinics in Manchester University Hospital with a focus on stillbirth since 2009. We know that the majority of cases of stillbirth are associated with placental failure. We are dedicated to funding research into the functioning of the placenta to improve stillbirth rates.

Why our work is so important


  • By [email protected]'s on 20 Jun 2016 - 10:04

    Thanks so much for your message. The stories are heartbreaking but it's very important to us and to the women and families involved that they are told. We're so pleased that they encouraged you to to visit your baby's memorial. It shows us that it is worthwhile. Take care of yourself. Deirdre

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 18 Jun 2016 - 08:02

    A chance email from Tommy about the Great North run made me look at your site. I had a still born at 29 weeks, had to go through labour. I now have two teenage boys though I suffered another miscarriage inbetween. I am crying reading the stories. There is always hope. After 16 years I am finally finding the courage to visit the memorial of my little baby.

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