March 28, 2012

Women Turn to Social Media for Support After Pregnancy Loss


Ashley Webber and her husband Lee of Holly Springs, N.C., were thrilled when they learned she was pregnant with their second child. "Since I am a sharer, I posted the great news to my Facebook at four weeks — pretty much the minute we found out," Webber says. Two weeks later, she miscarried. "Again, I posted it to my Facebook and again was flooded with stories, encouragement, prayers and love," Webber says. "It was a blessing that I shared my good news so early."… "There is an abundance of change in American culture, and I've always been bothered why people don't tell their loved ones about their loss," says physician Roger Harms, chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "Miscarriage is a terrible misnomer, suggesting that something happened. Guilt is built in with the words that we use."



USA Today by Maureen Linke   3/28/12

Tags: Facebook, GYN, Mayo Clinic Rochester, pregnancy loss, Roger Harms, Social Media, Women's Health

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