Mark Zuckerberg is no stranger to being in the news, with the press often scrutinizing his every move. But today, Mr. Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan sought out the public by announcing that they are pregnant. Pregnant after surviving three miscarriages. Sharing that, in itself, is huge, but he didn’t stop there. He went on to talk about the emotional side of loss:
“You feel so hopeful when you learn you’re going to have a child. You start imagining who they’ll become and dreaming of hopes for their future. You start making plans, and then they’re gone. It’s a lonely experience. 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.”
So far over one million people have liked this announcement. More than 27,000 people have shared it. And that’s not including all of the media outlets who have reported on and shared it as well. What a tremendous step toward breaking the silence surrounding miscarriage and baby loss. He added:
“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.”
It’s safe to say that when Mark Zuckerberg talks, people listen. And people talk.
Thank you, Mr. Zuckerberg for putting a spotlight on a much needed, and long overdue conversation. We hope this empowers others to speak up. We hope this helps to take away the stigma associated with loss. And we hope for a continued healthy pregnancy, safe delivery and lots of joy to come for you and your family.