Hillary Clinton thanks Chrissy Teigen for ‘bravery and grace’ over baby loss

Former Democratic presidential nominee thanks Teigen for ‘starting a hard conversation’

Olivia Petter
Thursday 29 October 2020 08:18
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Hillary Clinton has thanked Chrissy Teigen for speaking publicly about baby loss.

In early October, Teigen shared a post on social media revealing that she and her husband John Legend had suffered the loss of their third child, Jack.

In a statement, the model wrote: “We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before.

“We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn't enough."

The 34-year-old former model also posted several black-and-white photographs, including one of her sitting on a bed crying and another of her holding the baby with Legend by her side.

After taking a break from social media, Teigen has since published a heartfelt essay on Medium, which addressed those who criticised the intimate nature of her photos, saying: “I cannot express how little I care that you hate the photos.

“How little I care that it’s something you wouldn’t have done,” she added.

“I lived it, I chose to do it, and more than anything, these photos aren’t for anyone but the people who have lived this or are curious enough to wonder what something like this is like.”

On 28 October, Clinton shared Teigen’s essay on Twitter, writing: “Thank you, @chrissyteigen , for your bravery and grace in starting a hard conversation to help other families heal alongside yours.”

Teigen campaigned for Clinton during the 2016 US election, for which she was the Democratic nominee.

The former model tweeted: “Oh my god Hillary Clinton just tweeted my essay now I have to delete the stupid videos I just posted oh my god please don’t look at them Hillary Clinton.”

In a subsequent tweet, Teigen added: “I’m so honored @hillaryclinton . You have dedicated your life to fighting for women’s and children’s health, so to have you share my piece about my experience means the absolute world to me. Wow. Wow.”

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, you can contact stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands on 0808 164 3332 or email helpline@sands.org.uk. The helpline is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and until 9.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

You can contact the Miscarriage Association helpline on 01924 200799 or email the charity at info@miscarriageassociation.org.uk. The helpline is open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

You can also find bereavement support at The Lullaby Trust by calling 0808 802 6868 or emailing support@lullabytrust.org.uk.

To contact Petals to enquire about the charity’s counselling services, you can call 0300 688 0068 or email counselling@petalscharity.org.

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