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Michelle Obama opens up about miscarriage, IVF in new memoir 'Becoming'

Michelle Obama opens up about miscarriage, IVF in new memoir 'Becoming'

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  • I love that Michelle Obama opened up about her IVF and fertility struggles. It’s something that so many people- including me- have gone through, and it’s refreshing to hear it from someone I look up to! I love her even more- and I can’t wait for her book tomorrow.

  • Around 10% of U.S. women of childbearing age have difficulty getting or staying pregnant, according to the CDC. It can cost up to $20,000. There are a lot of economic and emotional obstacles for women who either want to or need to undergo IVF.

    Brava to Michelle Obama for opening up her own life to

    Around 10% of U.S. women of childbearing age have difficulty getting or staying pregnant, according to the CDC. It can cost up to $20,000. There are a lot of economic and emotional obstacles for women who either want to or need to undergo IVF.

    Brava to Michelle Obama for opening up her own life to highlight this issue. She has plenty of stories to include from her life before, during and after the White House, despite some people trying to politicize this.

    She didn’t have to share this.

  • The amount of women and men affected by infertility is shocking. Many don’t know this is a massive problem affecting neighbors, loved ones, and friends as few speak about it openly. It is a terrible and painful private struggle and every voice that discusses it aloud makes it easier to discuss overall

    The amount of women and men affected by infertility is shocking. Many don’t know this is a massive problem affecting neighbors, loved ones, and friends as few speak about it openly. It is a terrible and painful private struggle and every voice that discusses it aloud makes it easier to discuss overall. I hope her account encourages others to speak about it openly and to seek comfort, treatment, and resolution.

  • I’m one of “those women” who also suffer from miscarriages and IVF. The feelings of shame, guilt and everything else in between are real. In fact, I recently wrote about my own experience on Medium. I was scared. Couldn’t sleep the night I hit publish.

    But then, all these women and men reached out

    I’m one of “those women” who also suffer from miscarriages and IVF. The feelings of shame, guilt and everything else in between are real. In fact, I recently wrote about my own experience on Medium. I was scared. Couldn’t sleep the night I hit publish.

    But then, all these women and men reached out. And people started sharing their stories, and it reaffirmed my feelings that infertility and miscarriage are much more common than we think. It’s just that nobody talks about it. The shame is real.

    Bravo to Michelle Obama for using her platform to share her story. Her courage will enable others to find their courage to talk about this.

    And if anyone has doubts about whether this is significant, Axios just published an article about the fertility market projecting to reach $30 billion in sales in 5 years.

    Therein lies the opportunity and problem.

  • I think so many people look at women with children and think it’s always as simple as that. Many of the mothers we know have been through miscarriages and failed attempts at pregnancy, and they’re expected to move on swiftly without a word so much of the time. It’s important that women as important in

    I think so many people look at women with children and think it’s always as simple as that. Many of the mothers we know have been through miscarriages and failed attempts at pregnancy, and they’re expected to move on swiftly without a word so much of the time. It’s important that women as important in the world as Michelle Obama speak up about the struggles so many mothers experience. I hope it encourages others to express that struggle in a way that can benefit themselves and others.

  • Anything to make a buck... Or a million bucks. Let's not pretend this is about anything but money.