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Mark Zuckerberg, Thank You and Congratulations

We were at the pool and Josh leaned over and said, “Mark Zuckerberg’s wife is pregnant.”

I hummed to let him know I heard, and then he continued. “She’s pregnant after many miscarriages, and he talked about it in the post.”

At the time of writing this, 893,860 had liked the post. There were 23,967 shares. That means a lot of people — almost a million people — read it on Facebook. Additional people read about it through the news outlets.

Which means a lot of people in the world read this:

We want to share one experience to start. We’ve been trying to have a child for a couple of years and have had three miscarriages along the way.

He explained: “You start making plans, and then they’re gone. It’s a lonely experience.”

And later, he pointed out that the silence surrounding miscarriage needs to end: “In today’s open and connected world, discussing these issues doesn’t distance us; it brings us together. It creates understanding and tolerance, and it gives us hope.”

Thank you, Mr. Zuckerberg, for writing this post.  You’re right; we do need to talk about it with each other.  And, really, is there a better place to do that than online?  Congratulations on your baby; may it be an easy pregnancy and an easy delivery with happy first days.

8 comments

1 SuzannaCatherine { 07.31.15 at 8:54 pm }

Best wishes to the Zuckerbergs. I had not heard this announcement. Thank you for sharing.

I hope their honesty about their struggles will open the conversation and take miscarriages out of the closet. It’s past time.

2 Mali { 08.01.15 at 12:09 am }

I’m so glad he said this, “Most people don’t discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you — as if you’re defective or did something to cause this. So you struggle on your own.”

That simple statement alone will, I hope, educate people, or cause them to step back and think. I’m glad he’s spoken out about it. Because of course he reaches far more people than we do on our own blogs, even though we are all doing our bit to try to raise awareness and stop the isolation and shame.

3 Jjiraffe { 08.01.15 at 12:30 am }

Not even going to lie – that post brought tears to my eyes. So thankful he used his immense platform to bring awareness to a prevalent yet all too often invisible issue.

Bravo.

4 KeAnne { 08.01.15 at 9:13 am }

I was stunned and happy to read his honest words – words many of us get all too well. Wishing them all good things for this baby.

5 Northern Star { 08.01.15 at 11:34 am }

Yay!!!! I breezed over this fb post and am certainly going to go back and read!

6 Katherine A { 08.02.15 at 8:40 am }

I’m glad that they were willing to open up and share that bit of information – so, so many of us have been there. I’m genuinely touched by the way they chose to come forward with both their happy news now but also remembering the difficulties getting to this point. Here’s hoping for a healthy, easy pregnancy and a lovely baby.

7 Lori Lavender Luz { 08.02.15 at 12:53 pm }

I’m glad for their news and for their outing of their experience, which helps take some of the loneliness and shame out of the sting.

8 loribeth { 08.09.15 at 11:29 am }

I was glad to see they went public with their losses too. And I hope the rest of this pregnancy goes smoothly for them.

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