Coronation Street: Michelle Connor to lose baby in heartbreaking miscarriage storyline

In the sensitive scenes, Michelle and her partner, Steve McDonald, discover they have lost their baby at 23 weeks. 

And in the following episodes, it will document the two characters as they struggle to come to terms with the loss of their beloved baby boy, Ruairi, after the early labour. 

The hit ITV soap aims to show how a late miscarriage affects the mother, father and extended family.

Producer, Kate Oates, and Michelle actress, Kym Marsh, decided to tackle the difficult subject to raise awareness of the issues surrounding late miscarriages.

Coronation Street: Michelle Connor tragically loses her baby at 23 weeks [ITV]

Kym bravely decided to get involved with the storyline as it is a topic close to her heart after she lost her son, Archie, at a similar stage of pregnancy just a few years ago. 

The actress said on the upcoming emotional scenes: “I thought long and hard before agreeing to take on the challenge of this storyline.

“It is obviously a cause very close to my heart having lost my beautiful Archie at 21 weeks and 5 days.

“I discussed it with my family and friends, all of who were very supportive.

“In the end, I felt it was an important story to tell in order to raise awareness of something which affects thousands of women every year.”

She added: “I have had to go to some very dark places in my mind whilst filming these heartbreaking scenes but my family, friends and colleagues have been incredible.

Coronation Street: Kym Marsh bravely decided to get involved with the storyline after she lost her son, Archie, at a similar stage of pregnancy just a few years ago [WENN]

“Losing a child is something that never leaves you so to revisit those feelings as Michelle has been challenging.

“Coronation Street ensured that I had a counsellor on set at all times to go to after filming the scenes but for me the best tonic after a hugely emotional day was to go home to my kids and be reminded of how lucky I am to have them.

“I am very proud of what we have done with this storyline and I hope it helps raise awareness and helps people to talk about their own experiences.”

While Corrie producer, Kate, opened up about the “careful” writing and research that went into the storyline. 

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Coronation Street: Producer, Kate Oates, opened up about the “careful” writing and research that went into the storyline [WENN]

She said: “The subject of miscarriage will always be sensitive; but telling this story with Simon and Kym at the centre would always have an extra poignancy.

“Through careful writing and research, we hope we are able to encourage discussion, understanding and compassion for those viewers affected by the loss of a baby.

“The cast were in safe hands with our amazing and empathetic director, Tony Prescott, and it has been humbling to see all the actors involved being so selfless and generous in their performances.”

The hit ITV soap teamed up with the Stillbirth and Neonatal death charity, Sands, to make sure the tragic storyline was portrayed “truthfully” and “sensitively”. 

Talking about the sensitive subject matter, Bereavement Support and Awareness Specialist at Sands, Erica Stewart, commended Coronation Street for its coverage. 

Erica said: “We’re pleased to have been approached by the researchers and writers at Coronation Street for advice and help to ensure that this heartbreaking storyline, that will see character Michelle have a late miscarriage at 23 weeks, is portrayed truthfully and sensitively.”

Coronation Street: Kym Marsh with her daughter Emily Cunliffe [WENN]

She added: “For a TV drama like Coronation Street to cover this devastating experience is a brilliant way of raising awareness of the issues surrounding a baby’s death at any gestation.

“The death of a baby is rarely talked about.

“Many people shy away from the issue, others have a misconception that this is a thing of the past.

“We hope that with a TV drama as popular as Coronation Street covering this heart breaking experience, it will help to lift the taboo, and raise awareness of all the issues that surround the death of a baby.”

Coronation Street: The heartbreaking storyline will show how a late miscarriage affects both the mother and father [ITV]

If you’ve been affected by this article or the storyline, you can contact Sands on 020 7436 5881 or visit their website, here.

The emotional episode will be aired on Monday January 9 at 7:30pm and 8:30pm on ITV. 

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