Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan chose to share their happiness of expecting a baby girl in a Facebook post but not without touching a chord on another emotional matter. That of miscarriages. What struck a reader of that email was the sensitive declaration which followed. The couple admitted to have suffered three miscarriages earlier.
In an attempt to start a family, Clan suffered three miscarriages said Zuckerberg. He candidly described the lonely experience that one suffers after being hopeful when you learn about having a child. One starts to weave dreams for the future child the moment doctor confirms the pregnancy. You start saving, decide for a name, wonder what it would be like to hold it for the first time, all this with a hope of being parents after nine months. Couples describe this as one of the best feelings. But when they are gone it shatters you physically and emotionally.
Couples generally plan to cope with the loss alone and avoid any discussion with family or friends. Zuckerberg said, “Most people do not discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you- as if you are defective or did something to cause it. So you struggle on your own”, as reported by Washington post.
According to the American Pregnancy Association,” Between 10 and 25 per cent of pregnancies end in miscarriages”. Miscarriage affects the mother carrying the baby the most. Women who suffer miscarriage are often worried if they can conceive again and the complication which follows? Many questions about their physical and emotional recovery are left unanswered.
Zuckerberg and his wife decided to share their experience to help others who have faced same experience to remain hopeful. Describing it as a new chapter in their life, Zuckerberg said he has been fortunate enough to touch other people life around the world and is all set to welcome this new member in the family.