Last week Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan announced to world (via Facebook status of course) that they were expecting a child. But the most important part of that announcement was that they also revealed that they had experienced three miscarriages prior to this pregnancy. They encouraged others to speak up about their losses as well because “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.”
Earlier this year, I had a miscarriage. I felt alone, damaged and of course devastated from the loss. It was only after speaking to others who had been through the experience that I was able to feel some sort of comfort. Suddenly, I no longer felt alone, but empowered. I couldn’t believe how common it was, but that no one talked about it openly. A friend shared an article about the subject and I discovered that the writer was also a film maker, currently developing a documentary called Don’t Talk About the Baby. The mission of the film is perfectly aligned with what Mark had described in his announcement – to create understanding, tolerance and above all hope for families struggling to begin and grow their families.
Having a background in news production and documentary work, I contacted the director, Ann Zamudio, and immediately jumped on board as the film’s Associate Producer. We recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign and will begin interviewing families, doctors, specialists, and other experts to tell the full story of how we arrived here as a culture and educate viewers on the facts about miscarriage and infertility. Our goal, like Mark and Priscilla’s, is to break the silence around these topics and help others to feel comfortable sharing their stories. Their announcement may have been more impactful than they even know, so Ann has written an open letter to let them know just how important it really was.
Please read it, and pass it on:
And please stay tuned for the upcoming documentary, Don’t Talk About The Baby.