Amazing Women Pose Nude to Raise Money for Miscarriage Awareness

nude sculptureHow do you deal with a miscarriage? As someone fortunate enough never to have gone through such a thing, I honestly can't answer that. I can only guess that I'd be quiet and reserved and not want to talk about it a heck of a lot, as this is how I've dealt with other traumatizing situations in life, such as the death of my mother.

I know women who have had miscarriages, though -- a few, actually -- and they've all handled the situation differently. One didn't want to talk about at all. Another went the opposite route and wanted to talk about it all the time. And another woman I know only found solace in an online support group. They all, bravely and admirably, dealt with it in their own private way, and I genuinely applaud and admire them.

None of the women I know, though, boldly decided to pose nude in a calendar to raise money for a miscarriage charity. That's pretty unbelievable.

Catherine Nicholson's world was turned upside down when she lost her twins just nine weeks into pregnancy. “It was horrible," she says. "No one knows quite what to say, whether to talk about it or not to say anything." But shortly after the awful ordeal, she found solace in The Miscarriage Association Facebook Group, a support group from other women who have been through the same experience. After joining, she said that her "world started to get better day by day."

Catherine found so much solace from the group, in fact, that she actually agreed to pose nude as Miss June in a calendar to raise money and awareness for the Miscarriage Association. She said, “I am not quite sure how the idea for a calendar started. We were just joking around about it then one of them finally decided we were actually going to do this.”

About 15 women are planning on taking part in the project, and each will don a temporary tattoo of little butterflies on their arms to indicate the number of children they have lost.

Wow. Talk about bravery. I really can't express how amazed I am at these women's strength, and their commitment to raising money for the cause. Surely, it will make other women -- women who don't necessarily want to talk about everything -- feel like they're not alone. And how can you not admire that?

If you want to donate to the cause, check out Catherine's fundraising page.

How amazing are these ladies?

 

Image via historic.brussels/Flickr

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Kwiat2 Kwiat2

I don't mean to be insensitive, but what is there to raise money for? Information can't prevent miscarriage. And there's really no medical expenses from a miscarriage. So unless I'm missing something...not everyone believes that you should air out everytime you have a miscarriage. What about women who have abortions under 20 weeks? Shou they be open about those too?

bb510 bb510

I've had two miscarriages, and I must say there are definitely medical expenses related to miscarriage! Blood work, ER visits, extra ultrasounds, D&C's (in some cases), blood work and more bloodwork. The fact that abortion is mentioned as being comparable to miscarriage is totally offensive to me. If you have an abortion it's obvious you don't want your child in the world. Miscarriage is heart-wrenching because your child never got a fighting chance at life and you have to mourn someone you were so excited to meet, but never got a chance to. For a lot of women, "airing"about their miscarriages is a important step to healing. Have you ever noticed how many online miscarriage support groups there are? As far as the posing nude for a calender, personally I wouldn't do it. I'm all for raising awareness and fundraising for those who have a hard time covering medical expenses related to miscarriage. I'm still paying off mineand I know what a hardship it can be.

nonmember avatar ct8

I don't know if Kwiat2 has been unfortunate enough to experience a miscarriage or not, but as someone who has had two, I can indeed tell you that there can be hefty medical expenses to deal with after the fact. ER visits and possible procedures to help remove left over tissue can seriously add up- whether you have health insurance or not. And even though PP says they don't mean to be insensitive, they are. How on earth can one compare a loss of a very wanted unborn child to that of and elective abortion?

nonmember avatar Graciesmom

Kwiat2 just because you open with saying that you don't mean to be insensitive doesn't mean you can just be insensitive and it's ok. I am trying really hard to understand why you wrote that because I really don't think you meant to be cruel. But to compare an abortion to a miscarriage is just all kinds of wrong. I get what you mean about not being open because I am not. I miscarried 4 weeks ago and the only people that know r my hubby and doctor. It hurts tho. And it's is a lonely place. I wanted my baby with everything in me and I am hurt someone would describe such an experience to an abortion. We might just be online but words hurt and have an impact. And yes, I am still emotional abt this....

Aiden... AidensMommy608

Kwiat2 has obviously never had a m/c.  I suffered from a 2nd trimester miscarriage in December and let me tell you, if you don't think there are medical costs involved, you need to think again.  I had to have 2 separate ultrasounds to confirm the loss, a 2 days stay in the hospital after my D&C, 2 blood transfusions, follow-up blood-work and a follow-up ultrasound.  My bills are well into the $10,000 range. (Thank god for health insurance but the co-pays add up)

A miscarriage is NOTHING like an abortion.  In an abortion, it is a conscious DECISION made by the mother.  At 16 weeks pregnant, I was hoping to find out our baby's gender, not that he didn't have a heartbeat.  I know you say you didn't mean to be insensitive but WOW what a slap in the face.


 


I agree with the others: there NEEDS to be awareness about miscarriage.  It's 100% true that you will NEVER understand it until you go through it but it's mainly because nobody KNOWS anything about it.  It's much more common than you'd think.

nonmember avatar len

kwiat2, very ignorant. Think before you write.

nonmember avatar Kim

I agree that Kwiat2's comment was very offensive. There is no comparison between abortion and miscarriage.

In what world is there no expense associated with a miscarriage? As others have mentioned, doctor appointments, labs, D&C all cost money, as well as missed work.

Further Kwiat2, if you would have took a second to click on the Association's link in the article before making your ridiculous comment you would have found that the nonprofit does have expenses. It provides information (pamphlets) about miscarriage and offers support. There's printing, computer, and office expenses at the very least.

Not only was your comment insensitive kwiat2, it was very rude and uncalled for.

Kwiat2 Kwiat2

I am really sorry for all your losses and I'm sorry for being offensive.

I guess in my head so many women have abortions and we're supposed to sweep it under the rug. Yet when there's a miscarriage, it's like we expect to be coddled. I just don't understand campaigns like this one, or I guess the whole nudity puts me off and reeks of attention seeking.

Littl... LittleManMama

Who expects to be coddled? Listen, I had 2 miscarriages before I finally had my son and didn't tell some of my closest friends. But to your other point, sometimes miscarriages can be prevented. I had to undergo testing after having multiple miscarriages and they found that I did not produce enough progesterone to support early pregnancy and that I have an antibody that can cause clotting and miscarriages. I had to have weekly progesterone shots during the first trimester and take a baby aspirin daily to prevent miscarriage, and it worked. If I had known that from the beginning I would most likely have 3 beautiful children instead of just one and while I know it isn't productive to think about it that way, there are times it still hurts. There are times I look at my son and think about the older siblings he will never know, and it brings a tear to my eye. I sincerely hope you never experience that type of loss, but wow, try a little empathy.

nonmember avatar Graciesmom

Kwiat2 - I really am trying to not get all worked up because until I lost my child I never understood how horrible a miscarriage is. I appreciate your apology and I don't think you intended your comments to be hurtful. But really, I don't see how you are even seeing a miscarriage and an abortion as relevant as comparisons. In an abortion the mother chooses to end the pregnancy. Therefore, in most cases I assume she doesn't really want to talk about it. I am guessing she never wanted it to happen. When a miscarriage occurs it us a huge loss. A child that you wanted, dreamed about, maybe even named is dead. Why can't you understand the mother might need some love and support. MY CHILD DIED!!! I handled it in silence and that is what I needed. But seeing these women and giving them "attention" for their bravery and compassion for each other made me feel stronger today. I actually think their desire to bring awareness may have worked a bit because now I think your view on this topic may have been changed. I am sending hugs to you because I don't think you meant to be hurtful ;)

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