Today Tommy’s are launching a nationwide campaign, that I am fully behind, called #misCOURAGE.
What is the aim of the campaign?
The aim of the campaign is to end the silence surrounding miscarriage. By launching this campaign, Tommy’s are hoping to encourage anyone who has experienced miscarriage directly or indirectly to speak up, share their experience and realise they are not alone.
Statistics surrounding miscarriage
Sadly 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage, yet the silence surrounding the subject is deafening. Tommy’s recently carried out a survey to see just how women feel following their miscarriage. 6,000 women filled in the survey. Here are just some of the statistics:
- 79% of women said they felt like a failure following their miscarriage
- 85% didn’t think people understood what they had gone through
- 70% felt guilty
- 2/3 found it hard to talk about their experience
The current UK policy regarding miscarriage means that women are not investigated until they have suffered 3 miscarriages. As Tommy’s CEO Jane Brewin says, this is unacceptable. With this in mind, Tommy’s are aiming to halve the number of miscarriages by 2030 through funding medical research, and hope to open the UK’s first National Miscarriage Research Centre in April 2016.
I know I have experienced all of the emotions mentioned above over the last few months, multiple times, following my miscarriage. I also know now I am not alone in feeling this way. Accepting that it wasn’t my fault is harder. With the help of fantastic charities like Tommy’s, I would like to think more women, and their partners, friends and families, will feel able to speak out about their experience and therefore realise they are not alone.
How You Can Get Involved
There are a number of ways you can get involved in supporting Tommy’s #misCOURAGE campaign:
- Share the campaign on Facebook
- Tweet, using the #misCOURAGE #Tommys hashtags as well as @tommys_baby
- Take part in the Tommy’s #misCOURAGE Thunderclap
- Watch the Tommy’s #misCOURAGE film and share with friends/family
More Information on Miscarriage and Useful Contacts