Giovanna Fletcher backs baby loss support campaign Together For Change

Giovanna Fletcher is backing a new campaign from baby loss charity Tommy's which aims to break the taboo around baby loss and encourage people to share their experiences.

Mum-of-two Giovanna is pregnant with her third child but has always been honest an open about the affect her miscarriage in 2012 had and continues to have on her.

In the UK one in four pregnancies will end in miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth. It is an emotionally and physically exhausting time for the expectant parents, yet many feel the need to grieve in silence.

Taking to Instagram to explain why she is backing the campaign, Giovanna reiterates that when she lost her first baby is was a time of loneliness, heartache and confusion.

Writing alongside a caption of one of Tommy’s ‘Together For Change’ campaign videos Giovanna wrote: ‘Even though I’m part of this campaign and knew Tommy’s would do amazing work editing great content together, this video still made me sob.

‘As have all the other videos they’ve created with people, like myself, who’ve gone through baby loss. Miscarriage. Still birth. Babies born too soon… it’s heartbreaking to think about it, but we must learn to talk about it.’

Even though I’m part of this campaign and knew Tommy’s would do amazing work editing great content together, this video still made me sob. As have all the other videos they’ve created with people, like myself, who’ve gone through baby loss. Miscarriage. Still birth. Babies born too soon… it’s heartbreaking to think about it, but we must learn to talk about it. Too many people suffer in silence and shutting it out won’t help the pain of 1 in 4 who end up unable to take their babies home with them. Back in 2012 I suffered a miscarriage. I was completely lost. I felt like such a failure. I had all these dreams of being a mum and they simply vanished with one scan. I wish I had known how to talk about it, but, for me, it was the loneliness grief. The heartache will always be a part of me, even though I feel so blessed to have my boys as my silver linings. Tommy’s are doing amazing work towards making sure all babies find their way home. Please watch the videos on their website and share along with your own stories to give others hope and encouragement, or let others know it’s OK to talk about. There is no shame in baby loss. #Repost @tommys_thebabycharity with @get_repost ・・・ In the UK, 1 in 4 pregnancies will end in loss due to miscarriage, stillbirth or babies being born too soon. There is still silence and shame surrounding baby loss. But if we can talk about it openly and honestly, not only can we help each other feel less alone, but we can also pave the way for greater awareness and more research to prevent baby loss from happening. This is why we are launching a brand new campaign, 'Together for Change'. No matter what your experience, we want to bring all those who have suffered loss together online to connect and share their experiences. Let's talk, share and support each other. See our link in bio #TogetherForChange or join our Tommy's Support Group on our Facebook page today! http://www.facebook.com/groups/Tommysblsupport/ ❤

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She continued: ‘Too many people suffer in silence and shutting it out won’t help the pain of 1 in 4 who end up unable to take their babies home with them. Back in 2012 I suffered a miscarriage. I was completely lost. I felt like such a failure.

‘I had all these dreams of being a mum and they simply vanished with one scan. I wish I had known how to talk about it, but, for me, it was the loneliness grief. The heartache will always be a part of me, even though I feel so blessed to have my boys as my silver linings.’

The impact baby loss has is devastating, and leaves parents with so many unanswered questions – Why did it happen? Will it happen again? What can I do to get by? Who can I talk to? And why, in the aftermath, can it feel like no one understands what I’m going through? Whilst we research to find the answers, we want to bring all those who have suffered loss together online to connect, support and share their experiences. Which is why we have created the Tommy’s support group launching today at 11am! This forum is overseen by our midwives and is a safe space where members can ask questions, share memories and advice, connect with other people in the community and discuss their experiences without fear of judgement. We will also be hosting discussions and Q&A's with featured community moderators, Facebook Lives with Tommy's midwives, and much more. Join the conversation today by clicking on ‘groups’ on our Facebook page or through the link in our bio!

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Giovanna has urged her followers to watch the videos from Tommy’s and to share their own stories to create a wider discussion about baby loss. She finished her post with the strong yet simple line: ‘There is no shame in baby loss.’

The ‘Together for Change’ campaign hopes to bring all those who have suffered loss together online to connect and share their experiences. Talking about it helps you to support each other and sharing your experiences shows the scope of people affected.

To share your story use the hashtag #TogetherForChange and head to www.tommys.org to join the baby loss forum.