With help from her famous friends, Big Bang Theory star Melissa Rauch is on a mission to take prenatal loss out of “the shadows” with a video for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.
After opening up about her own experience with miscarriage, Rauch was moved by the stories others came to her with and motivated to spread awareness.
“It was from this beautiful outpouring of openness, candor and courage offered by all of these kindred spirits that I began to heal a part of me that I didn’t know was still in need of repair,” Rauch said in a new essay for Glamour. “What became abundantly clear from the massive cross section of women out there who have experienced this kind of personal tragedy is the importance of shedding light on this issue that is traditionally stranded in the shadows.”
Among the famliar faces in the moving black and white video are Wheel of Fortune’s Vanna White, comedian Loni Love and Olympian Nancy Kerrigan—with Kerrigan revealing she’s had six miscarriages.
As the women point out in the video, miscarriage happens in up to 25% of pregnancies. But for something so common, the experience itself can still feel isolating.
As the PSA reminds us, no one should feel shame about miscarriage. That’s a feeling that Rauch and others have struggled with, but according to the actress, it diminishes when we hear from others who’ve been through it, too. “Reach out and talk to someone,” Kerrigan urges viewers.
Thanks to Rauch and her celebrity supporters, more women are stepping out of the dark and speaking about miscarriage and pregnancy loss. Although it can remain hard to discuss, it is an incredibly important conversation—and we’re so grateful to Rauch for leading it.