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Tommy's National Centre for Maternity Improvement

The Tommy’s National Centre for Maternity Improvement (the Centre) is an alliance of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG), the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and Tommy's.

Together with our academic and charitable partners, we have established the Tommy’s National Centre for Maternity Improvement to reduce the number of babies born prematurely or stillborn each year in the UK.

Our shared vision is for the UK to be the safest place in the world to give birth

More than 90 per cent of all babies born in the UK every year are born safely and to term (after 37 weeks). However, around 2,900 babies (0.4 percent) are tragically stillborn every year and nearly 60,000 (8 percent) are born prematurely. Of those babies born early, some may not survive and others may face a lifetime of health issues.

The challenge

Stillbirth and premature birth rates vary widely (up to plus or minus 20%) across the UK. This difference is not explained by a lack of research recommendations, but because there is variation in local adoption and implementation of existing guidelines and good clinical practice. There is a known variation in care.

Our solution

The Tommy’s National Centre for Maternity Improvement has developed an online clinical decision support tool, an app shared by maternity care professionals and women, to help improve maternity care by reducing variation in care. We aim to raise the standards of the poorest performing 80% of hospitals to match that of the top performing 20%.

Why do we need the Tommy’s National Centre for Maternity Improvement? 

See our Centre Clinical Director, Prof Basky Thilaganathan in conversation with Tommy’s CEO, Jane Brewin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTZEVQMrSGE

"We believe that this clinical decision tool, through its intelligent risk assessment process and personalisation of care recommendations for each woman, could help prevent up to 600 stillbirths and 12,000 premature births in the UK every year."

Professor Basky Thilaganathan, Clinical Director of the Tommy’s National Centre for Maternity Improvement

Contact us

For more information, please contact tommyscentre@rcog.org.uk