The guest posts on premature birth and stillbirth written by Alex and Lisa touched me deeply. It truly made me realise how lucky I am to have had two stress free pregnancies and two healthy baby boys. Being a Huggies Mum I am thrilled to be involved with the Tommy’s Baby Races which are proudly sponsored by Huggies.
In 1992 two obstetricians working at St Thomas’ Hospital were inspired to start fundraising for more research into pregnancy problems. Other’s soon joined their cause and the charity “Tommy’s” was born. Nearly 20 years later they lead the way in the UK’s maternal and fetal research believing that it is unacceptable that one in four women will lose a baby during pregnancy and birth.
The charity funds three research centres in the UK – St Thomas’ Hospital in London, St Mary’s in Manchester and The Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh. They also believe that medical professionals and parent-to-be deserve free, accurate and up to date information so have a dedicated telephone midwife service, a very informative website and free books and leaflets dedicated to promoting health in pregnancy and pre-pregnancy.
Tommy’s work to help people like Alex and Lisa. As you have seen in Alex’s story, prevention is key. Without the research that Tommy’s do problems affecting pregnancy like Hughes Syndrome would still be unknown. For people like Lisa, Tommy’s are working hard to find out why babies are born early so that parents don’t have to be told “It’s just one of those things.”
Throughout September, in partnership with Buggyfit, they are hosting a series of 5km and 8km “Baby Races” across the UK. Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles and babies alike are all invited to walk, run, jog, power-walk with buggies whilst raising money for a fantastic cause. There will be an aerobic warm-up to, a goody bag and even children’s entertainment. It costs just £14.50 to take part which includes a free t-shirt, training plan and a goody bag. They ask that you aim to raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship and are offering prizes including a term of lessons at Water Babies, a £100 Tomy bundle and vouchers for various companies such as Boden and Less Bounce. That £50 could pay for a midwife to answer calls for two hours, speaking to up to 20 worried mums-to-be. If 200 runners raised £50, this would bring in a staggering £10,000, an amount that could help fund a research assistant on a clinical trial. Please please please get involved, every baby deserves a chance.