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Thank You, Michelle Obama

ABC News is airing an interview this Sunday (9 pm ET) between Robin Roberts and Michelle Obama where Obama talks about her miscarriage and using IVF to conceive Malia and Sasha.  It’s a topic she’s unpacking in her upcoming book, Becoming.

Reflecting on it now, Mrs. Obama says she wished she knew other women had experienced miscarriages as well — a lesson that would have helped lift the shame she associated with it.

“I felt like I failed because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were because we don’t talk about them,” Mrs. Obama explains in the ABC interview. “We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken.”

She’s hoping that by sharing her story, other women don’t feel that same isolation.

I love our former First Lady and the grace she shows as she educates and educates and educates.


1 a { 11.09.18 at 10:21 am }

I saw this today and was reminded of how great she is.

2 Carrie Campbell { 11.09.18 at 10:32 am }

I cannot love this about her enough!

3 magpie { 11.09.18 at 10:55 am }

Huh. Cool.

4 Beth { 11.09.18 at 11:56 am }

I love this so much. I read the teaser for the interview this morning and teared up.

5 Cristy { 11.09.18 at 1:54 pm }

I started weeping when I say the headlines. Here is a shining example of a beautiful, powerful woman, a role model to so many. And she’s talking about infertility and loss.

If I could hug her, I would.

6 JustHeather { 11.09.18 at 2:13 pm }

Wow! I just saw the article and I’m crying!! I wish we had known (all those year ago, if possible) and could have shown her the love here!
She was the same age as I was when I finally got pregnant with by boy via our final IVF try (and my 2nd is also the same years apart too).

I’ve been emotionally sensitive the last few days anyway, realizing how extremely different my life was 7 years ago at the start of our 3rd and last IVF and the uncertainty surrounding it all.

I can’t wait to read her memoir. I’m 11th in line at the library.

7 loribeth { 11.09.18 at 2:35 pm }

I read the Washington Post article last night, just before I went to bed. This is huge — kudos to her for speaking out. I already couldn’t wait to read her book, and now…! 🙂

8 nonsequiturchica { 11.09.18 at 3:12 pm }

Can’t wait to see her in person next week in Chicago and read the new book! Didn’t think that I could love her any more…well, I was wrong.

9 Lori { 11.09.18 at 8:18 pm }

I love that she is claiming and thereby normalizing this devastating experiences. It can feel so lonely and shameful when you think you’re the only one. I’ll be tuning in.

10 Charlotte { 11.10.18 at 1:16 pm }

It’s so heartbreaking to me that so many women go through this experience all alone and don’t find the voice to talk about it until much later, if at all. I am very glad she is speaking about it now.

11 Mali { 11.12.18 at 5:11 am }

My initial reaction was that I wished she had talked about it earlier. But I then found more compassion, considering what it was like to go through this without the support of others who experienced the same thing. I’m glad she’s spoken out.

12 dubliner in deutschland { 11.15.18 at 4:33 am }

I love when well known people talk openly about infertility and miscarriages to help bring it out into the open and remove the shame around it. I’m looking forward to reading her book!

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