She’s a successful writer, director and actress, and now Tahyna MacManus is sharing the most vulnerable story of all.

From a distance, it seems like Tahyna MacManus has it all. A happy marriage, beautiful daughter and successful career, all documented on social media, are enough to make any mum jealous. Behind the perfect pictures however, Tahyna has been faced with a private trauma that left her feeling uneasy about announcing her current pregnancy – multiple miscarriages.

Chanelling Her Grief

Tahyna had her first experience of pregnancy loss back in 2015 after just six weeks. “It was my first experience of pregnancy and because I was young, it was just so far removed from what I thought would happen to me,” she said. “I was just so devastated. We had already named the baby. We had told family.” Tahyna says she felt that the miscarriage was her fault, but before she had a chance to process what had happened, she discovered she was pregnant again. Despite her worries, she gave birth to daughter Echo in April of 2016 and attempted to put all thoughts of pregnancy loss behind her. It was only when Tahyna and her husband Tristan started trying for a second baby that they were forced to face it yet again.

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A Healing Process

After a further miscarriage just before Christmas 2017, Tahyna decided to start documenting her experience in the hope that it would help other women. The documentary will follow Tahnya’s journey, but also feature interviews with other women who have been through the same experience, as well as insight from doctors and therapists. “I have to let these women be heard and I have to let the extended community know that their grief is not in vain and they are allowed to feel exactly as they are feeling,” she says.

Despite being pregnant with her second child due early 2019, MacManus says she was determined to finish the project. Set for release later this year, the documentary has already attracted interest from major media outlets, but Tahyna says it will also be freely available for women via a dedicated website.

For miscarriage support visit Pink Elephant Support, Sands or Bears of Hope

 

 


  • There is still stigma associated with miscarriage so any sharing of pain and experiences will help others greatly.

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  • Do hope it will help others – it’s a painful journey.

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  • What an awful thing to go through but it is a nice idea for her to do the documentary helping others through their grief.

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  • I too had multiple miscarriages. The pain is still raw even though I have four beautiful children now!

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  • Miscarriage is torture, I was petrified when I found out I was pregnant again but my doc told me that stressed mummas make stressed babies so I had to snap out of it

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  • I’m glad she was able to find ways to heal her pain and grief.

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  • Strong woman to talk publicly about such a sad and personal experience. A good friend suffered a number of miscarriages and to this day I don’t think anyone knows except her husband & myself, she just wouldn’t discuss them :(

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  • It’s great she’s going ahead with this project with so many miscarriages before the news is public it’s really hard for so many people suffering in silence.

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  • I’ve never heard f Tahyna, but I can see strong value in this.

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  • When I suffered a miscarriage at 8 weeks I was devastated and felt so alone, but the more I opened up about it, I realised just how many people I knew had suffered one but not spoken about it. I think it’s very important to talk about it as women need so much support at this time and they need to feel like they aren’t alone. Being able to talk to someone who has been through it helps alot

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  • Thanks for sharing your story Tahyna, hope it helps other women going through the same.

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  • Having suffered a few miscarriages , I do not get how women can already bond with a 6 week fetus. I did not even know I was pregnant then to know if I lost one or had a very heavy short period. Yes losing a baby is never easy at any time. Hopefully this project does get done and others can
    understand what happens.


    • I knew I was pregnant at 3 weeks and by the time I miscarried at 8, I had already bonded with the baby growing inside me. Hubby and I were very excited about the much longed for baby we were having and were shattered when we lost it.

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  • It’s truely sad for this to happen to anyone as the bond is already there from day 1

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