Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh has opened up about filming stillbirth scenes for the soap, and losing her own son in 2009. In a storyline airing on Monday 9 January, Kym's character Michelle MacDonald will suffer a stillbirth at 23 weeks - almost exactly mirroring Kym's own heart-breaking experience.
Erica Stewart, Bereavement Support and Awareness Specialist at Sands, said: "We're pleased to have been approached by the researchers and writers at Coronation Street for advice and help to ensure that this heart-breaking storyline is portrayed truthfully and sensitively.
"The death of a baby later than the 23 weeks (miscarriage), but before 24 weeks (stillbirth), raises many issues. Bereaved mothers of babies who die later in pregnancy but before 24 weeks don't have the same rights to maternity leave or pay as mothers of stillborn babies, and the baby's death is not formally registered." Continue reading