BBC presenter Keeley Donovan shares devastating miscarriage news

‘It’s been a sad and worrying time’: BBC broadcaster Keeley Donovan shares devastating miscarriage news as she admits she felt ‘shame’ and assures others they aren’t ‘alone’

  • If you have been affected by this story, you can seek advice at www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk or by calling 01924 200 799 

Keeley Donovan has shared that she tragically had a miscarriage and admitted to feeling ‘shame’ as she assured others that they aren’t ‘alone’.

The BBC weather presenter for the north of England, 39, took to her Instagram on Wednesday night to share the devastating news with her followers.

She shared a photograph of a bouquet of white flowers sitting alongside a single candle alongside a lengthy statement where she detailed her heartbreaking news.

Sad news: BBC broadcaster Keeley Donovan has shared that she tragically had a miscarriage and admitted to feeling ‘shame’ as she assured others that they aren’t ‘alone’ (stock image) 

Job: Keeley works for the BBC as a water presenter for TV and radio stations in the north of London, including presenting Look North

Keeley said she had experienced ‘horrid morning sickness’ before suffering a miscarriage around the time of her 12-week scan, describing it as a ‘sad and worrying time’.

She penned: ‘*TRIGGER WARNING* baby loss. I returned to work last week but you might not have seen me around for a while, the truth is I’ve been off with horrid morning sickness. 

‘Unfortunately the day before our 12 week scan I started to show signs of a miscarriage. At the scan there was no heartbeat. 

‘A few days later I ended up back in hospital because of heavy blood loss. It’s been a sad and worrying time.

Tragic: She shared a photograph of a bouquet of white flowers sitting alongside a single candle alongside a lengthy statement where she detailed her heartbreaking news

Devastating: The BBC weather presenter for the north of England, 39, took to her Instagram on Wednesday night to share the devastating news with her followers

‘It’s awful to think that so many people go through this but I have found comfort in knowing that miscarriages aren’t uncommon. 

‘Talking to other women/friends who’ve been through a similar experience has really helped.’

Keeley said she didn’t know how physically ‘traumatic’ a miscarriage can be and admitted she felt ‘shame’ afterwards as she assured other women they aren’t alone.

She continued: ‘It still feels like a subject that lots of us don’t know enough about. I had no idea, for example, about how traumatic the physical side of a miscarriage can be.

Hard times: Keeley said she had experienced ‘horrid morning sickness’ before suffering a miscarriage around the time of her 12-week scan, describing it as a ‘sad and worrying time’

‘One of the many emotions I’ve felt is shame. I can’t help wondering if this is one of the reasons it’s not more widely talked about.

‘So I’m just posting this as one more person adding to the dialogue. Maybe it will help someone in a tiny way to know they aren’t alone in their experience.

‘I also post lots of positive things about my life on here and wanted to be genuine, because sometimes life can be a bit rubbish too.

‘If you have had a miscarriage and would like advice or feel you need to speak to someone @tommys and @cradle_charity are helpful.

‘Thank you to our friends, family and colleagues who have been so kind to us over the past few weeks.’

The BBC Look North star, who shares a daughter Scout, two, with her husband Johnny I’Anson, was flooded with messages of support from her fans.

One person wrote: ‘I’m so sorry to hear this Keeley. Stay strong Lovely. It’s something I also went through. If you ever need a chat I’m there too alongside your friends xx’ 

Another commented: ‘So sorry. Sending you lots of love xxx’

A third said: ‘Brave words Keeley. It can feel very lonely and utterly bewildering. Lots of love to you both xx’, while a fourth added: ‘Sending you so much love.’

‘Sending you so much love’: Keeley was flooded with messages of support from her fans after sharing her news 

A fifth penned: ‘Sorry for your loss we have missed your smile on our screens. Take time to heal & look after yourself.’

And another said: ‘Oh Keeley, what very sad news. I hope you are getting the support you need at this time.’

Keeley and her radio presenter husband Johnny tied the knot at a rustic wedding in June 2018 and welcomed their daughter Scout in July 2020.

If you have been affected by this story, you can seek advice at www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk or by calling 01924 200 799.

Family: Keeley and her radio presenter husband Johnny tied the knot at a rustic wedding in June 2018 and welcomed their daughter Scout in July 2020

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