Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, revealed details about the miscarriage of her second child in July, in an opinion piece for the New York Times.
Meghan wrote that she “felt a sharp cramp” while changing the diaper of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, her first child with her husband Prince Harry. Archie was born in 2019.
“I dropped to the floor with him in my arms, humming a lullaby to keep us both calm, the cheerful tune a stark contrast to my sense that something was not right,” Meghan wrote. “I knew as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”
The former actress who played a strong character role in the popular series, “Suits,” poignantly described her ordeal saying, “I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband’s hand. I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears. Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we’d heal,” she wrote.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, miscarriages account for about 10% of all pregnancies. Meghan referred to this fact. Unfortunately many women feel a sense of shame or a fear of discrimination that prevents them from talking about this difficult and sad experience with friends, coworkers and employers.
“Despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning,” Meghan wrote.
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