‘Her child died after being born’: Carol Vorderman reveals her mother lost her first baby

Carol Vorderman has told how her mother lost her first child ‘just hours’ after he was born and ‘asked to be buried in the same cemetery to be near him’ when she died.

Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, the former Countdown host, 60, praised Myleene Klass for speaking out about baby loss in her new documentary, Miscarriage & Me, and in doing so opened up about her late mother Edwina’s experience.

Carol told how Edwina – who passed away in 2017 – ‘went full term and then her first child John died. He was buried in a mass grave, as babies often were back then’.

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Tragic: Carol Vorderman, 60, has told how her mother lost her first child ‘just hours’ after he was born and ‘asked to be buried in the same cemetery to be near him’ when she died – stock image

Carol – who has two children of her own – went on: ‘I didn’t know how much she’d continued to grieve quietly for him until she was close to death and asked to be buried in the same cemetery to be near him.’ 

She wrote in full: ‘Myleene @myleeneklass is a wonderful mother (I’ve seen it many times over) to 3 happy children. She’s done it the hard way as a single parent for many years. 

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‘Now she’s found the strength (and it is strength) to talk about miscarriage. So many suffer miscarriage every day and it not only affects the women who physically endure it but also their partners. 

‘The loss for many never leaves and yet it’s been a taboo for so long. I remember being in a taxi once and the driver broke down in tears telling me that his wife had just miscarried and he had to be ”brave” when he was with her to ”get through it” and yet he was totally heartbroken. 

Candid: Carol told how her mother Edwina (pictured before her death in 2017) ‘went full term and then her first child John died’

‘I’ve been ”lucky” and had two pregnancies and two babies and have never miscarried. My mother did. She became pregnant again, she went full term and then her first child John died just hours after being born. 

‘He was buried in a mass grave as babies often were back then. I didn’t know how much she’d continued to grieve quietly for him until she was close to death and asked to be buried in the same cemetery to be near him. 

‘So if you are going through this, have been through this or just want to hear the stories then please watch Myleene’s documentary on @wtvchannel tomorrow night Thursday at 9pm.’ [sic] 

Myleene – who has suffered four miscarriages – thanked Carol for her ‘powerful’ comments on the hard-hitting subject, writing: ‘Carol. Your words are so powerful. Thank you.’ 

Carol wrote: ‘Myleene @myleeneklass is a wonderful mother (I’ve seen it many times over) to 3 happy children. She’s done it the hard way as a single parent for many years’

Myleene replied: ‘Carol. Your words are so powerful. Thank you’

Myleene recently revealed she couldn’t speak about her four miscarriages for a whole year in an upcoming documentary for W. 

The TV personality, 43, has lifted the lid on her mental health battle following the ordeal, in which she experienced ‘grief, trauma, sadness and fear’. 

‘I lost a lot of me,’ she admitted in the heart-wrenching film. ‘I couldn’t talk about it for a year, I couldn’t even say the word. 

‘It is one word, but it is grief, it is trauma, it is sadness, it is fear. There must be a reason people can’t say it,’ she questioned. 

The radio DJ is now encouraging others to speak about their pregnancy losses, in order to normalise the experience. 

Myleene Klass: Miscarriage & Me will air on October 14 at 9pm on W.

Upsetting: Myleene Klass, 43, has revealed she couldn’t speak about her four miscarriages for a whole year in an upcoming documentary for W