First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has shared the story of her miscarriage for the first time in a interview with the Sunday Times.
The SNP leader has revealed how she and husband Peter Murrell, the party’s chief executive, lost a baby when she was 40, shortly before the 2011 Scottish parliamentary election campaign spell, when she was deputy leader.
Ms Sturgeon, 46, was in the early stages of her pregnancy and preparing to share the news when the miscarriage occurred.
Sturgeon has said she decided to speak about her pain at miscarrying a baby in the hope of challenging some of the “assumptions and judgments” made about women who do not have children.
Sturgeon further explained her choice to make her miscarriage public in a series of tweets.
Thanks for all your kind messages this morning. @PeterMurrell & I really appreciate it. 1/3— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) September 4, 2016
2/3 my reasons for making it known (not an easy decision) are here. Also hope it helps break 'taboo' of miscarriage pic.twitter.com/mJB7xHGgU3— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) September 4, 2016
The release of the Sunday Times article and Sturgeon’s tweets on the matter have been met with strong support online, including from those who have experiences miscarriage.
There's an awkward stigma attached to miscarriage. Hopefully @NicolaSturgeon's brave public volunteering of her loss helps to overcome that.— Erik Geddes (@erikgeddes) September 4, 2016
Thanks @NicolaSturgeon for your honesty and openness. Too many families feel alone and to blame when experiencing the relatively common.— Dr Sarah Channon (@SarahBChannon) September 4, 2016
@NicolaSturgeon From another mother (because you are a mother) who knows the heartache of miscarriage, thank you for sharing your story.— Shannon Pierangeli (@CdnNavyWife) September 4, 2016
@NicolaSturgeon brave lady. I know what it feels like to lose a baby. Thanks for battling on and working to making this world a better place— C B (@Lulette5772) September 4, 2016
Sturgeon thanked her online well-wishers for their support in another tweet.
3/3 Lastly, thanks to @holyroodmandy for her sensitivity and great writing - and for always respecting our privacy.— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) September 4, 2016