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Miscarriage is not often talked about, but today one of the world’s most influential people, Mark Zuckerberg, showed it’s OK to talk about it, and at the same time shared some wonderful baby news.

The 31-year-old Facebook founder and CEO announced via his Facebook account no less, that he and his wife Priscilla Chan are expecting a baby girl. But it wasn’t an easy road, and you have to congratulate Mark for saying what he did. He didn’t sugarcoat it: he said that ‘Cilla’ had suffered three miscarriages.

For those who have lost a baby to miscarriage, they will know how hard it was to act like everything was OK. Many do not discuss their miscarriages as they are treated differently in society to losing a fully formed child. But the feeling is no less, and the grief is agonising.

He said he and his wife wanted to “focus on making the world a better place for our child and the next generation”.

In a frank and honest manner, he shared a very personal anecdote: “We’ve been trying to have a child for a couple of years and have had three miscarriages along the way.

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.

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.

When we started talking to our friends, we realized how frequently this happened — that many people we knew had similar issues and that nearly all had healthy children after all.

We hope that sharing our experience will give more people the same hope we felt and will help more people feel comfortable sharing their stories as well”.

Zuckerberg said that bub is healthy and all are very excited to meet her – she even gave a thumbs up “like”, just like her daddy.

Tell us what you think of Mark’s news.

Priscilla and I have some exciting news: we’re expecting a baby girl!This will be a new chapter in our lives. We’ve…

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Friday, 31 July 2015

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  1. After we lost our first child, we didn’t bother telling anybody about our baby news the second time around, just in case we had to go through the loss all over again….

  2. Hope all goes well for everyone. Things have changed SO much over the years….miscarriage was not spoken of so openly even 45 years ago..love

  3. My daughter had two miscarriages and a stillbirth. A private chat room where the women talked about it and supported each other was the only place she felt comfortable enough to talk about it. Some of her real friends wouldn’t say a word and others tried to joke around and pretend nothing had happened. Very awkward.

  4. I had 2 miscarriages all our friends knew of it. 3rd time pregnant we wanted to send a telegram to our friends and family “pregnant, swallowing a lobster to hang into it”. The post office refused to send it. 3rd time lucky I had a fabulous boy.

  5. 31 years ago when my 1st baby boy was born sleeping at 22 weeks, it was not talked about. But I did , he was my son, my children’s brother and I think it helped when my daughter in law miscarried.
    Its real, its painful and a loss.

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