WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT MISCARRIAGE: BEX GUNN & LAURA BUCKINGHAM ARE THE WORST GIRL GANG EVER
Bex Gunn and Laura Buckingham are co-founders of award-winning and UK top 20 podcast,
The Worst Girl Gang Ever. Dedicated to raising awareness and redefining conversations
around miscarriage, they have been embraced by the baby loss community and are
championed spokeswomen for miscarriage and pregnancy loss.
Having accumulated a thriving and fast-growing social media following over the past year,
their platform has become a beacon of light and respite. Together, they are lifting the lid on
why opening the conversation on miscarriage is so important for the mental health of anyone
going through it. Their aim is simple – for women to feel heard and validated through this heartbreaking trauma.
Bex and Laura have come together, bonded by their shared experience of baby loss. Laura’s
seven-year journey to motherhood was marked by an equal number of miscarriages, an
unbearable truth which is so often believed to be unusual. As a woman with three children,
Bex was devastated to learn her baby had no heartbeat at her 12-week scan. She was
shocked to find that a woman, capable of carrying three healthy babies to term, could later
be unable to do the same with a fourth.
As a greatly misunderstood phenomenon, miscarriage is widely believed to only be
experienced by a few unlucky women. Bex and Laura have found that fertility and miscarriage
are severely under-researched areas within medical science, and there is a severe lack of
sufficient education in schools on the subject. Conversations about miscarriage and the
misconceptions around it, are alarmingly still rife. In fact, one in four pregnancies end in
Bex and Laura do not wish for their heart-rending experiences to be compared or pitied.
Rather, they are garnering the power of their suffering and channelling it into something
powerful and far reaching. Their online community and podcast, The Worst Girl Gang Ever,
allows people to feel normal when mourning and recovering, moving away from the idea that
miscarriage is an ‘event’ you ‘get over’.
With over 42 episodes and 68k downloads, the podcast features guest interviews and works to
bring people from all walks of life together, sparking honest conversations about unspoken
experiences. This summer sees the launch of a six-week sign-up course which will bring together
warrior women with experts in relationships, fitness, nutrition, gratitude, female reproductive
health, and mindset, meditation & yoga. There is also a Facebook support group which has
helped transform their plight into a movement for reducing stigma, smashing taboos, and
empowering both men and women to speak openly in a safe space.
Bex and Laura comment: ‘Our dark experiences have ignited a need within us to shine a light
for others in a similar situation. We want to provide them companionship, show them solidarity
and stand by them so they never have to feel alone. Miscarriage is not something to be
brushed under the carpet as it has been for so long. Women deserve their losses to be
respected and mental health protected. We are championing conversation, education and
empowerment around miscarriage.’