Planning The Next Pregnancy

What is a rainbow clinic?

A Rainbow Clinic is a specialist service for women and their families in a pregnancy following a stillbirth or neonatal death. Becoming pregnant after a stillbirth is an incredibly daunting prospect

The Tommy’s Rainbow Clinic, established in 2013 at St Mary’s Hospital, provides specialist care and support for parents who have suffered a stillbirth or neonatal death. Run by Prof Alex Heazell, the clinic has been so successful that they have now opened a second Rainbow Clinic at Wythenshawe Hospital in South Manchester. This has enabled the team to increase the number of families who can access the Rainbow Clinic by 30%. There are more and more rainbow clinics opening up throughout England. 

You can be referred to one of the clinics or visit the Tommy’s website.


What is a recurrent miscarriage clinic?

Miscarriage is the most common complication of pregnancy: 1 in 5 women experience at least 1 miscarriage during their lifetime. 

There is a National Centre for Miscarriage Research which spans 3 universities and 4 hospitals, all with a drive to better understand miscarriage and improve the lives of those who experience early pregnancy loss. 

Their aim is to make a significant reduction in preventable miscarriages in the UK, especially among couples with a history of recurrent miscarriages. Every year they care for 24,000 couples with early pregnancy complications. 

There are clinics are based in:

Find out more on the Tommy’s website.


What is a preterm clinic?

Across the UK, 1 in 13 babies are born prematurely (before 37 weeks) – that’s nearly 8% of all live births. You may be referred to a preterm clinic if you have experienced a second trimester pregnancy loss/death of a baby. 

Tommy’s National Centre for Preterm Birth Research has well-established partnerships with NHS preterm birth clinics at 10 different hospitals in England. These clinics help with recruitment to clinical trials and research studies being carried out at our research centre. The clinics are based in:

  • Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London
  • Newham Hospital, London
  • Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital, London
  • St Mary’s Hospital, London
  • St Thomas’ Hospital, London
  • The Royal London Hospital
  • University College Hospital, London
  • Leeds General Infirmary
  • St James’s University Hospital, Leeds
  • University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire 

Find out more on the Tommy’s website.