Myleene Klass and Sheffield MP join together for TV documentary discussing miscarriage
A Sheffield MP will open up about her miscarriage as part of a television documentary this week.
Sheffield Hallam MP Olivia Blake will appear with celebrity Myleene Klass as part of Baby Loss Awareness Week.
It follows Olivia’s campaign to reform miscarriage care which started last year when she was contacted by a constituent who was forced to attend maternity appointments alone because of Covid rules.
Olivia raised it with the Minister – before later having to cope with her own miscarriage alone in hospital because her husband, former councillor Lewis Dagnall, wasn’t allowed to attend.
Myleen and Olivia met in Hathersage to discuss their experiences of miscarriage before meeting up again outside Parliament in June.
Olivia launched a successful campaign calling for a rule change, so that partners could attend maternity appointments during the pandemic.
The debate covered the findings of the recent Lancet Series: Miscarriage Matters and was supported by leading charities Tommy’s, Sands and the Miscarriage Association.
Olivia said: “It has been such a huge pleasure to be part of Myleene’s documentary. What she is doing to break the silence is truly inspiring, and I know this will shine a much needed light on the experiences of so many people and the urgent need for better support.
“It has been nearly a year since I first spoke publicly about my own experience of miscarriage, during a debate in Parliament.
“I hadn’t planned to, but after hearing so many brave colleagues talk about their own miscarriages, I decided to rip up my notes and speak about my experience instead.
“Since that day I have been contacted by hundreds of people nationwide, some who have never spoken about their miscarriage to anyone, others completely denied any support or told they hadn’t had enough miscarriages to receive help.”
Myleene Klass added: “Miscarriage still feels like a taboo. I’d like to help make these conversations a little easier, it can’t go on being the big dark secret that we have to carry around.”
Myleene Klass: Miscarriage and Me airs at 9pm on Thursday, October 14 on W channel available on Sky and Virgin.