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UK's first miscarriage research centre launched

Miscarriage affects 250,000 UK couples every year. Credit: Reuters

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
The majority of miscarriages occur during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Credit: Reuters

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.

I had five miscarriages over three years. Now when I look back, I can't believe I put myself through the heartache and pain so many times but it was my only way of dealing with the loss - get up, dust down and try again. Although we saw specialists we still don't really know why they happened.

– Kate, Tommy's supporter

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.