What we do

The PLRG teardrop logo (white outline of person cradling a baby, within a green teardrop) with values of the Group overlaid onto itAt the Pregnancy Loss Research Group, we lead national research to better understand pregnancy loss experiences and impacts, and the development of resources and evidence-based advice and interventions, to improve health care (quality) and health and social outcomes for women, babies and their families. We use a range of approaches, involving quantitative (including audits and reviews), qualitative and mixed-methods.

We research all types of pregnancy and infant loss, including first trimester miscarriage, second trimester miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, multiple pregnancy complications, stillbirth, termination of pregnancy, neonatal death and pregnancy after loss.

Conducting research which is relevant to people with lived experience, practice and policy is central to what we do. We actively collaborate with key organisations and groups to support the conduct and dissemination of our work across Ireland and beyond. We are committed to sharing information about our research, and pregnancy loss more broadly, to break the silence and stigma around pregnancy loss and maximise the impact of our work.

Capacity building is also an important focus of our activities - building research capacity through mentoring student, doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, as well as providing education and training for healthcare staff.

Our values

Our work is underpinned by key values, which have been developed and agreed by our members. They are many, and varied.


Pregnancy Loss Research Group

Pregnancy Loss Research Group, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University College Cork, Fifth Floor, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Wilton, Cork, T12 YE02, Ireland,