Monday 23 October 2017

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan post baby girl news - and discuss their two previous miscarriages

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan - the couple posted this image to Facebook when they announced their baby news Image: Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan - the couple posted this image to Facebook when they announced their baby news Image: Facebook
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are expecting a baby.

The co-founder of the world's largest social network used a Facebook post to announce that Ms Chan is pregnant with a healthy baby daughter. He did not say when the baby is due.

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan - the couple posted this image to Facebook when they announced their baby news Image: Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan - the couple posted this image to Facebook when they announced their baby news Image: Facebook

Zuckerberg also said the couple had suffered three miscarriages over the last two years.

He acknowledged in his post that many people are reluctant to talk about miscarriages but said he and Chan, who is a doctor, decided to share the information after hearing from friends who had similar experiences and ultimately were able to have children.

Mark Zuckerberg (R), founder and CEO of Facebook, and wife Priscilla Chan arrive on the red carpet during the 2nd annual Breakthrough Prize Award in Mountain View, California in this November 9, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/Files
Mark Zuckerberg (R), founder and CEO of Facebook, and wife Priscilla Chan arrive on the red carpet during the 2nd annual Breakthrough Prize Award in Mountain View, California in this November 9, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/Files

He said the couple hope to encourage other parents who may be struggling with difficult pregnancies.

"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," Zuckerberg, 31, wrote. "It's a lonely experience."

The social media mogul added, "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."

"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," he said.

Zuckerberg also said: "Our good news is that our pregnancy is now far enough along that the risk of loss is very low and we are very hopeful."

So will they be posting baby pictures? Zuckerberg did not make any promises, but he wrote: "We're looking forward to welcoming her into the world and sharing more soon when she's ready to come out and meet everyone!"

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