Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan Expecting 1st Baby After Miscarriages—See …

31 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Baby Girl on the Way for Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan.

“This will be a new chapter in our lives,” he wrote. “We’ve already been so fortunate for the opportunity to touch people’s lives around the world — Cilla as a doctor and educator, and me through this community and philanthropy.

Now we’ll focus on making the world a better place for our child and the next generation.” In addition to sharing the happy news, Zuckerberg also wrote his note to break the silence around miscarriages, a tragedy that many couples deal with in silence compared to the pregnancy and birth announcements so common to Facebook. Zuckerberg also shared the news that he and his wife have been trying for a couple years to get pregnant, and suffered three miscarriages along the way. “You feel so hopeful when you learn you’re going to have a child.

Are grey onesies next? “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,” Zuckerberg wrote. “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.” In the last year, he started doing public question-and-answer sessions where he accepted queries not only about Facebook, but about his dog, Beast, and why he always wears a grey shirt. Many people don’t discuss miscarriages out of fear it will distance them from others or reflect poorly upon themselves, “as if you are defective or did something to cause this,” Zuckerberg said. Among women who know they’re pregnant, as many as 1 in 5 pregnancies end in miscarriage in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, with most occurring in the first seven, according to the National Institutes of Health. “In today’s open and connected world, discussing these issues doesn’t distance us; it brings us together,” Zuckerberg said. “It creates understanding and tolerance, and it gives us hope.”

Adding that his wife and baby are “both healthy” — and that the pair’s dog Beast has “no idea what’s coming” — the doting dad-to-be said he’s “extremely excited to meet his little girl.” And she already has him wrapped around one particular finger …

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