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The latest episode of Emma Willis' new show, Emma Willis: Delivering Babies, tackled the reality of miscarriage and the heartbreaking episode inspired parents to open up about their losses.
During last night's show, Emma and maternity care assistant Val had to prepare the Star Room on the maternity ward at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Essex, where parents stay after the loss of a child.
Speaking about the possibility of parents losing their child, Emma said: "The thought of speaking to someone who has just lost their child, it feels impossible. Continuing "I could cry just being in this room because I know what this room is for."
According to the Miscarriage Association, more than one in five pregnancies end in miscarriage, which is around 250,000 in the UK each year.
The episode encouraged other parents to open up about their own losses and share their bereavement stories on Twitter.
One woman wrote: "I had a stillborn son at 36 weeks 9 years ago, and the pain is still there and it will never really go away. But having someone to hold your hand through it all was the thing I desperately needed. Bereavement midwives are truly worth their weight in gold.
"The midwife I had was amazing, it's a tough and lonely time, but she was there and offered such practical advice and importantly listened. Services are better now and there's more awareness. I was poorly but the only room was on the maternity ward, not really ideal [sic]."
Another cmmented: "My little sister lost her daughter while she was in labour with her. Before that I wanted to be a midwife, after that I knew I would never be strong enough to do what they do [sic]."
A third user commented that the episode might be too difficult for them to watch: "I've had multiple stillbirths, miscarriages, premature live births then neonatal intensive care unit deaths [sic].
"It's soul destroying but I had to keep trying and finally got my little miracle after 12 years of pure heartbreak. I don't know if I can watch tonight's episode. The snippet last week had me in tears [sic]."
A fourth parent praised the show for tackling the topic of miscarriages which are often seen as taboo despite their frequency. They wrote: "The bereavement midwives at my hospital were an absolute god send when my daughter was stillborn in April. I haven't been able to watch the series but it's so good to hear you are covering this aspect of birth. Unfortunately, not every baby goes home [sic]."
If you need support after a miscarriage, the Miscarriage Association is a charity that offers support to people who have lost a baby.
Emma Willis: Delivering Babies airs at 10pm on Mondays on the W Channel.
Featured Image Credit: W Channel/Emma Willis: Delivering Babies
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