Personal stories from our research centres

Parents share their experience of taking part in research trials and attending Tommy's specialist clinics.

    • I can’t wait to tell my little boy why he’s called Tommy

      December 23rd, 2019

      Charley, 35, from Edinburgh was amazed when she found out she was pregnant in 2018. She’d been warned that pregnancy might be difficult for her as, a few years before, she’d had 3 procedures to remove abnormal cells from her cervix. After a worrying bleed at 10 weeks, Charley was referred to Tommy’s Lothian Preterm Birth Clinic at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. With access to specialist care and monitoring, Charley’s pregnancy progressed, and baby Tommy was born in May 2019.

    • A man, woman, girl and baby sat smiling in a photo studio

      Our family is now complete and we will never stop being grateful to Tommy’s for giving us hope

      December 9th, 2019

      Roslyn and Paul from South Ayrshire in Scotland had an early miscarriage before getting pregnant with their first daughter Ava who is now 4 years old. They went on to lose another 3 babies before getting a referral to Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research at University Hospital in Coventry. Their second daughter, Ciara, was born in April 2019 and is now 7 months old.

    • A man and woman holding a baby in a long white christening gown at a church

      We were made to feel like there was nothing that could be done

      December 6th, 2019

      Kirsty and Paul from Preston had 3 miscarriages before they were referred to the Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research at Birmingham Women’s Hospital. In January 2019, Kirsty gave birth to Alice Ivy.

    • A photo of a smiling man and woman holding up an ultrasound image of a baby

      My miscarriages made me feel like a complete failure as a woman

      November 21st, 2019

      Danielle from Peterborough had had 3 recurrent miscarriages before being referred to the Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research. Whilst undergoing treatment, she lost another 2 babies before becoming pregnant for the sixth time. Danielle and her fiancé Ed are currently 21 weeks pregnant and their baby is due in March in 2020. This is Danielle’s story.

    • We travelled to our son’s funeral in the car, a tiny coffin between us

      November 8th, 2019

      Sharon and her husband Andrew from Manchester lost their son, James, at 29 weeks to stillbirth. Sharon was referred to the Tommy’s Rainbow Clinic with her second pregnancy

    • Tommy’s changed our lives and we are eternally grateful

      November 8th, 2019

      Obiele from London had 2 late miscarriages before referring herself to the Tommy’s Preterm Birth Clinic at St Thomas’ Hospital. She now has a 15 month old son, Tetteh-Kwei.

    • Finding strength in vulnerability

      November 4th, 2019

      “My experience of baby loss has given me a new definition of self, a new way of seeing, and a new love – one so strong that it made saying hello and goodbye in the same day worth all the pain.”

    • Our Rainbow

      October 16th, 2019

      As part of our ongoing partnership with MAM who donate 50p for every Rainbow Soother sold, Tommy’s sat down to chat with Samantha Jones, founder of the blog ‘Storms and Rainbows’ about her experiences of loss and what the term ‘rainbow baby’ means to her.

    • A man, woman and child smiling as they lean over a cot with a new born baby

      Without Tommy’s, I don’t think we’d be where we are today

      October 2nd, 2019

      Danielle and her husband Paul experienced a missed miscarriage before their first daughter Eva, 5, was born. They had 3 more heartbreaking losses before self-referring to Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research at Birmingham Women’s Hospital. Danielle gave birth to baby Louie in July 2019.

    • We were heartbroken and desperate for answers. The support we got from Tommy's changed our lives

      September 6th, 2019

      Sarah and Adam had their first son Brodie in 2015. They suffered four heart-breaking losses before being referred to the Tommy’s research centre at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. With the support of Professor Andy Shennan, Sarah gave birth to baby Ari.

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