Personal stories from our research centres

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

    • The Rainbow Clinic made a huge difference to our lives

      June 15th, 2020

      Fran and Doug from London found out they were expecting their first baby in 2018. Their daughter Beth sustained severe brain damage during birth and died several days later. Throughout Fran’s next pregnancy, she was supported by Professor Alex Heazell at the Rainbow Clinic in Manchester. Baby Dominic was born via C-section in February this year.

    • Being pregnant after loss is lonelier than ever in a pandemic, but Tommy’s has been my lifeline

      April 30th, 2020

      I had 3 miscarriages before being referred to Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research at University Hospital Coventry. Now I’m pregnant again, but the coronavirus pandemic means having to find new ways to get the care and support you so desperately need when pregnant after loss.

    • Grieving in isolation: “I write my daughter’s name in the steam from my shower each morning”

      April 15th, 2020

      Caroline’s daughter, Hope, was stillborn at the end of February 2020. In this blog, Caroline reflects on her grieving journey during a time of social isolation.

    • A close up photo of a stillborn baby's hands being held by her parent

      We can’t hold our daughter in our arms, but we’ll always hold her in our hearts

      February 13th, 2020

      Katie and her wife Stacey were delighted when Katie became pregnant after a round of IVF in 2017. At 36 weeks, Katie went into hospital, believing she was in labour and was given the devastating news that their baby’s heart had stopped beating. Their baby Skye was stillborn that evening

    • A photograph of Faye and her husband and two children

      Taking part in a research trial gave us hope after 3 heart-breaking miscarriages

      January 29th, 2020

      After giving birth to her son Noah in 2012, Faye and her husband Dean had 3 miscarriages. In 2015, Faye took part in the PRISM trial led by researchers at Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research. Her daughter Leila was born in 2016.

    • 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

      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


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