In my experience, there are few acts more courageous and awe inspiring than sharing the difficult news of a miscarriage. I cannot imagine anything more difficult. Today, Mark Zuckerberg shared with the world that after three painful miscarriages, they are officially in the "safe zone" with their little girl.
Since first finding out (in December 2013) that we were pregnant with Grace, we have had the unfortunate privilege of learning about 27 miscarriages from our immediate friends and family. Few speak of how polarizing pregnancy can really be. Each couple handled the loss very differently - as to be expected. The one commonality we did witness was a sense of aloneness. It is rare for women to speak publicly about their miscarriages out of fear, guilt, or feeling of deficiency. Mr. & Mrs. Zuckerberg, I applaud you for doing so - it is a conversation that needs to happen - so families who are having a difficult time getting to term know they are not alone, and so that the greater community can best learn to support them.
According to the March of Dimes, as many as 50% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Half of all pregnancies? Who know! The conversation needs to increase in volume and support for all of the amazing families-to-be. Kudos and congratulations to Mark and Priscilla, we look forward to meeting your little girl and pray for a healthy rest of pregnancy and easy delivery!