- In an essay for the New York Times, Meghan McCain said she recently had a miscarriage.
- She said she learned of her miscarriage during a photoshoot promoting “The View.”
- “I missed a few days of work. It wasn’t many, but given the job I have, it was enough to spark gossip about why I would be away from ‘The View.’ This was not supposed to be public knowledge,” she wrote. “I have had my share of public grief and public joy.”
- Now, McCain said she is speaking out because a “miscarriage carries so much cultural taboo” even though it’s “distressingly common.”
- Also in her essay, she discussed anticipating motherhood and mourning her child as well as her father, John McCain.
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In an essay published in the New York Times, Meghan McCain said she recently had a miscarriage. She said learned of it “a few weeks ago,” while on the set of a magazine photoshoot highlighting the cast of “The View.”
“I look back at those pictures now, and I see a woman hiding her shock and sorrow. I am posed for the camera, looking stern and strong, representing my fellow conservative women across the country,” she wrote. “But inside, I am dying. Inside, my baby is dying.”
After, she said she took some time to herself to grieve privately.
“I missed a few days of work. It wasn’t many, but given the job I have, it was enough to spark gossip about why I would be away from ‘The View.’ This was not supposed to be public knowledge,” she wrote. “I have had my share of public grief and public joy.”
“The View” host said she decided to speak out because miscarriages are “distressingly common” and are still associated with “so much cultural taboo.”
“I am not hiding anymore. My miscarriage was a horrendous experience and I would not wish it upon anyone,” McCain said.
According to the Mayo Clinic, about 10 to 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage.
“That is all the more reason women need to be able to speak about this publicly, without the stigma and the lack of knowledge that pervades the issue, ” she wrote.
In the essay, McCain, who married Ben Domenech in 2017, said that she knew she was pregnant “many months ago” – before her doctor told her. And after learning, she said she made the “plans and aspirations that every mother” does.
But after her miscarriage, “it all ended.” She said she began to blame herself as she mourned. She wondered if the pressures from her high-stress job and mourning her father, John McCain who passed away in August 2018, were contributing factors.
Eventually, she realised that wasn’t the case, reminding herself that “life and death are beyond our power.”
“When my father passed, I took refuge in the hope that someday we would be united in the hereafter,” the essay concludes. “I still imagine that moment, even as I trust that a loving God will see it happen. Now I imagine it a bit differently. There is my father – and he is holding his granddaughter in his hands.”
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