Baby charity Tommy's has opened the UK's first national research centre dedicated to early miscarriage, as part of an aim to halve the number of miscarriages by 2030.
Tommy's National Centre for Miscarriage Research is a partnership of three universities - The University of Birmingham, The University of Warwick, and Imperial College London - which will work with their affiliated NHS Trusts.
The centre will study the causes of miscarriage, the likelihood of repeat episodes, and ways miscarriage can be prevented.
Every year, 24,000 women will be able to access treatment and support, and participate in research studies at specialist miscarriage clinics run by:
- Birmingham Women's Hospital
- Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital, London
- St Mary's Hospital, London
- University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
Jane Brewin, CEO of Tommy's, said funding and research is "critical" because medical science does not fully understand the causes of miscarriage.
"Through pioneering medical research, Tommy's clinicians will save babies' lives by turning their discoveries into screening tests and treatments and launch clinics for pregnant women who are most at risk, giving them the latest improvements in care," she said.
Miscarriage is the biggest cause of pregnancy loss in the UK. Around 250,000 couples are affected every year, with 85% of miscarriages occurring within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.