Niamh Corrigan was an exceptionally warm and kind person. She was considerate and thoughtful as well as a great laugh and a wonderful friend. Niamh was so loved and is deeply missed by her partner, family, friends and colleagues; she brightened so many people’s lives.
Niamh also trained to be a midwife and loved babies and children. With this in mind, we are looking to name a pregnancy care clinic after Niamh as a lasting memorial to her and the caring generosity she exemplified.
Tommy’s is dedicated to saving babies’ lives by tackling the things that go wrong in pregnancy and cause a baby to die. The biggest cause of the loss of a baby is miscarriage, potentially affecting as many as one in two women, and it is also the least understood.
This year, Tommy’s is opening Europe’s largest clinical research centre dedicated to the prevention of miscarriage. They aim to reduce the number of miscarriages by 100,000 a year in just five years’ time. This centre will be spread across four sites in London and the Midlands.
Tommy's researchers will seek to understand why miscarriage happens, if it is likely to happen again, how to prevent it, and how to provide appropriate aftercare. What's more, they will provide clinical care to at least 24,000 couples a year, turning what might for them have seemed like the impossible dream of having a baby into a reality.
The Niamh Corrigan Clinic
The clinic will be a key feature of Tommy's London centre, attended by pregnant women at risk of losing a baby where they will be looked after by research midwives. They will receive specialist care, not available elsewhere, that will significantly increase their chances of having a healthy baby. The clinic will be connected with research projects so every breakthrough can have a meaningful clinical impact and make an immediate difference to pregnancy outcomes.
Ninety percent of women attending Tommy's clinics take a healthy baby home. In fact, at their Scotland centre, the risk of having a stillbirth is eight times higher in women who do not attend their clinic compared with those who do.
Please do give whatever you can to remember our friend.