Tommy’s news, 12/01/2017
This week’s baby loss storyline on Coronation Street has caused a stir on social media, with people commending Kym Marsh for taking on this storyline after having previously suffered her own loss.
Simon Gregson, Kym Marsh’s onscreen husband Steve McDonald, revealed last night that he too has experienced the pain of miscarriage.
In response to a Twitter troll who targeted his wife, Emma Gleave, over the storyline, Simon tweeted;
‘To the £&)(; who tweeted my wife. We've lost 11 baby's 1st being 21 weeks 4 days. Maybe think or do your research before tweeting someone’
Simon and his wife lost their first baby at 21+4 week, an experience that left Simon feeling ‘completely helpless’.
We are disappointed to see that some people are still not treating baby loss with the sensitivity it deserves. We sorry that Simon and Emma received these comments about such an emotional and personal experience and hope they have not caused too much distress.
His own experiences have given Simon insight into the differences between how men and women deal with loss, something he has used in the episode.
‘Men and women grieve differently. We decided to let Michelle show the raw emotion, but Steve’s grief will come later.’
We think it is amazing that after all they have both been through, Kym and Simon have tackled such a challenging storyline to raise awareness.
Kym said that going through this as Michelle seemed the best way to raise awareness of the problem of baby loss and honour her son.
"This subject has been very taboo for far too long. Sharing is absolutely imperative to being able to put the pieces of your jigsaw back together."
We want to praise Coronation Street for having a psychotherapist present on set to support Kym and Simon and offer them counselling.
Kym revealed that the process forced her to confront some feelings and memories that she had buried over the years.
‘I didn’t know what was in the box until I lifted the lift off. You never get over it, but you learn to live with it, and diving back into that place I had spent years coming out of strangely helped me to realise that I have accepted that it happened to me. There will not be a single day that goes by that I don’t think about him, but I am able to talk and reach out to other people who have been in that situation.’
If you have been affected by the episode and needed support or advice, our midwives are trained in bereavement support. They are available from 9 – 5, Monday – Friday to offer you any information, advice or care you might need on our free phone line 0800 0147 800.
If you want to read more from women bravely speaking out about their experiences you can take a look at our online Book of #misCOURAGE here.
Suffering a miscarriage can be a very sad, scary or lonely experience. This section of our site is designed to answer questions and provide support to you, a family member or friend, through this difficult time.
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