First national miscarriage centre gives new hope to end Mum’s miscarriage heartbreak

The first national miscarriage research centre could give six-year-old Dylan the little brother or sister he has always dreamed of.

His mum, Jayne from Northamptonshire, has suffered the heartache of 13 miscarriages in the last two years.

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, the University of Warwick and Tommy’s the UK baby charity today (Monday 25 April) form part of the Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research.

The world class centre in Coventry will be known as Tommy’s@UHCW.

Tommy’s@UHCW will enable Professor Quenby, an internationally renowned expert in recurrent miscarriage and her team to carry out world class research including trialing a drug typically used to treat diabetes in women who have had five or more miscarriages.

Jayne who is married to Danny, had her first miscarriage in 2008 before she became pregnant with their son, Dylan. She will be one of the first patients to take part in the diabetic drug trial in early June, research made possible because of the Tommy’s@UHCW partnership.

Jayne said: “There is not a day goes by that I don’t think of the babies I have lost. I have never been on a clinical trial before but after 14 miscarriages, including two sets of twins, I will give anything a try. Tommy’s@UHCW gives us a new glimmer of hope of giving our son, a brother or sister.”

Consultant Obstetrician, Professor Siobhan Quenby said: “I am thrilled that Tommy’s@UHCW will give patients a glimmer of hope where they thought there was none. It is because of patients like Jayne who come to us and take part in a clinical trial, we are gradually finding ways to reduce the chances of women having miscarriages, and we are going to get to the point that we will be able to offer a cure for miscarriage.”

Jane Brewin, CEO of Tommy’s said, “I am delighted that we UHCW and the University of Warwick are part of this important partnership and hope that their pioneering research will save babies lives by turning their discoveries into tests and treatments. Medical science doesn’t fully understand miscarriage which is why funding and research is so critical. They’ll share their work in national clinical guidelines, preventing miscarriages and developing better care across the country.”

Tommy's National Centre for Miscarriage Research will comprise a partnership of three universities: The University of Birmingham, The University of Warwick, and Imperial College London, working with their affiliated NHS Trusts. Birmingham Women’s Hospital, University Hospital Coventry, St Mary’s Hospital in London and Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital in London will run specialist miscarriage clinics enabling 24,000 women per year to access treatment and support and participate in Tommy’s research studies.

The research centre has three sites at University Hospital in Coventry, University of Birmingham and Imperial College, London.