Today, in honour of discovering that my friend had experienced two miscarriages and I hadn’t heard about it til now, I have detailed a letter below just released from charity Tommy’s. It shows there is still a stigma attached to talking about miscarriage – a taboo subject that needs to be heard to bring women’s experiences out in the open and take a community approach to supporting everyone affected by miscarriage.
Tommy’s launches national #misCOURAGE campaign today
At Tommy’s we know miscarriage is heartbreaking, but often misunderstood by those not affected.
Indeed, when we asked you to share your experiences of miscarriage last week, you responded in your thousands and the results were shocking. 80% said they “felt like a failure” after miscarriage; 70% felt that friends and family had no idea how to support them; 25% didn’t tell their best friend; 35% didn’t even tell the baby’s father. Over a third of respondents had been told by someone they’d confided in that “it wasn’t really a baby yet”.
This misunderstanding means that parents feel unable to talk about it and that there is no momentum or support behind researching the causes and finding ways of preventing miscarriage. Tommy’s wants to change that.
Today we are launching our biggest ever national awareness campaign encouraging women to break the silence around miscarriage and share their stories using our hashtag #misCOURAGE. We are also asking people to donate to support the first national miscarriage research centre, which Tommy’s is opening in April 2016.
Thanks to all of you who have already shown your support by completing the survey.
There are many more ways to help:
Share our film and your stories on facebook using #misCOURAGE #Tommys
Take part in the Tommy’s #misCOURAGE Thunderclap
Read all about the campaign on www.tommys.org/miscourage
Donate to support the UK’s first national miscariage research centre
A big thank you to everyone who filled out our survey last week.
Deirdre de Barra,
As well as today’s post, this blog is for UNICEF.
Thanks for reading.