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Women Turn to Social Media for Support after Miscarriage
A growing number of women are sharing pregnancy news with "their closest 500 friends" on social networks such as Facebook. Even though miscarriages have often been considered a secret for couples to bear in silence, that taboo is breaking down. Even celebrities are sharing the news — and with more people. Earlier this year, rapper Jay-Z released a song sharing intimate details of a miscarriage with wife Beyoncé Knowles, and since then, reality-star-turned-entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel (The Real Housewives of New York City) disclosed that she had suffered one as well.
Some women find that Facebook and other online forums provide an outlet for support. "It blessed me so much to know that so many people were with us as we went through this difficult situation," says Ashley Webber. "Over the weeks, months, and even year, people still send me encouragement through Facebook. It has really been a blessing."