At the Tommy’s London Centre we have just completed UPBEAT, an important study in obese mums-to-be.
Researchers have found that in some cases the lining of the womb is defective in patients who suffer repeat miscarriages.
The Maternity Review recommends that pregnancy services in England must become safer, more personalised, kinder, professional and more family-friendly.
Here’s a summary of our achievements in 2014/15 - at our three research centres in London, Manchester and Edinburgh, and through our information service for pregnant women.
Today saw the publication of the Lancet stillbirth series, which reviews the progress made around the world to reduce stillbirth. The UK is 24th out of 49 high income countries, with a stillbirth rate of 2.9 per 1000 births.
Tommy’s today welcomes the Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report UK issued by the Maternal, Newborn and Infant Clinical Outcome Review Programme.
Today Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State, launched a drive to halve stillbirths and infant deaths.
Anyone who saw Panorama yesterday will have been shocked to discover that for every 200 babies born in the UK, one of them will be stillborn; and to hear that despite our relative affluence, the UK has one of the worst rates of stillbirth in the developed world. While for some yesterday’s figures were a revelation, the reality is that stillbirth rates have remained persistently high and virtually unchanged for the last 20 years.
We recently launched the campaign to open our fourth research centre, which will be dedicated to research into early miscarriage.
Each year our three research centres in London, Manchester and Edinburgh bring us closer to this goal. 2015 saw Tommy’s researchers publish 190 new studies, with 71 further projects currently underway.