Mark Zuckerberg today announced via his Facebook page that him and wife Priscilla Chan are expecting a baby girl. The Facebook founder and CEO also made public for the first time that the couple had been trying for a baby for the past two years and had three miscarriages during the period. Also Read - Google, Facebook make vaccination mandatory for employees returning to office
Zuckerberg has effectively used his reach many times in the past to spread important messages for social causes and this announcement was no different. Also Read - Facebook gives voice to emojis with Soundmoji: Here's how to send
“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,” he wrote. Also Read - Netflix could launch its video game streaming service next year, at no extra cost
He took the opportunity to drive home the point about why there is nothing wrong with miscarriages and the need for couples to be more open about it to see through the tough period.
“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 explained.
Thankfully everything seems to be fine this time and both the mother and baby are healthy.