In a blog post today, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was expecting a baby girl with his wife Priscilla Chan, who is a physician. Personal news is not really our forte, but since I did baby announcements for Jerry Yang (see: “Finally, Some Good News: A New Baby for Jerry Yang!”) and Marc Andreessen (see: “Marc Andreessen’s Latest Startup Needs a Diaper Change”), I can hardly stop now — especially considering the headline pun possibilities.
In his post, Zuckerberg talked about the difficulty he and his wife had conceiving, with three miscarriages, which was very touching and should prompt a lot of online discussion.
We want to share one experience to start. 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.
Well, very good news today and very good wishes from Re/code. (Also, nice shag-rug dog!)
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.