Community Notebook: Mark Zuckerberg, wife to become first-time parents


Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby girl, according to an announcement Zuckerberg posted on Facebook Friday.

In the post, Zuckerberg also revealed that the couple suffered three miscarriages previously but added that the risk of a miscarriage at this stage of Chan's pregnancy was low.

He said they wanted to acknowledge the miscarriages and current pregnancy to help others in similar situations.

"We hope that sharing our experience will give more people the same hope we felt and will help more people feel comfortable sharing their stories," the post reads. "Most people don't discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you -- as if you're defective or did something to cause this. So you struggle on your own."

Zuckerberg also shared that in an ultrasound, the baby "gave me a thumbs up 'like' with her hand, so I'm already convinced she takes after me."

The post did not say when the baby was due. The couple lives in Palo Alto.

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Posted by Is this news?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 31, 2015 at 4:13 pm

why is this news? Very wealthy person gets wife pregnant! All the news that's fit to print? I was looking for the "worthelss gossip" category but didn't see one. I guess this can go alongside the stories about Melissa Mayer's Halloween Party.

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 31, 2015 at 4:17 pm

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Congratulations, Priscilla and Mark!

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Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jul 31, 2015 at 5:23 pm

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Why is the birth of the child of a billionaire news? How is the this birth more important than the birth of any other baby in Palo Alto and elsewhere?

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Posted by Also had miscarriages
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 31, 2015 at 5:40 pm

I read the full announcement online. The full news is that having had 3 miscarriages already, they are now experiencing a viable pregnancy and are now sharing their joy and encouragement to others who are experiencing difficulties carrying a baby to term.

Having had miscarriages myself, I know how difficult each day can be in a high risk pregnancy. Their announcement is not only big news to them, but an encouragement to others going through subsequent miscarriages.

The fact that people play down a pregnancy as being something to not wonder or marvel at is lost on those of us who suffer not carrying to term. Please be a little more understanding at the pain miscarriage causes. Birth is truly miraculous and perhaps those of us who find it difficult understand that more than most.

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Posted by Congratulations
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 31, 2015 at 5:55 pm

I find it encouraging that the Zuckerbergs have turned what would surely be tabloid fodder into a message to help others. Some things in life are indeed deeply hard to share. I remember when I was pregnant, high-risk pregnancy, a friend (with one adult child) shared that she'd had 11 miscarriages, some fairly late. She was such a positive person, and I never knew that about her. I wept for what she had gone through and it made me feel that much closer and appreciate how strong she is.

Congratulations to the Zuckerbergs, I wish them a healthy and easy delivery, and a health child.

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Posted by Also had miscarriages
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 31, 2015 at 5:58 pm

To the editor,

Since people are not reading the full article and just ignoring the important part, please adjust the headline to read "after experiencing several miscarriages, they are now far along in a pregnancy expecting to deliver a healthy child".

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Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jul 31, 2015 at 6:40 pm

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There are other Palo Alto families who had miscarriages, difficult pregnancies and other difficulties associated with child birth. I don't read headlines about them. We must get off this idiotic celebrity worship nonsense. It's dumbing down our society.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 31, 2015 at 6:57 pm

This Palo Alto story made CNN, the New York Times, and other media, so makes perfect sense to cover it here, even if there is no real local angle provided. Maybe if Jason Buzi still lived in Palo Alto we'd be reading about his recent proposal to found his own country.

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Posted by Congratulations
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 31, 2015 at 7:13 pm

@ mauricio,

It's true, many people suffer in silence. The public knows something about the Zuckerbergs, know they are successful, know Priscilla Chang is a doctor. I think they handled this really well, in a way that could tell people suffering in silence that they are not alone.

When people experience miscarriage (and a lot of other things), it's easy to feel like it is your fault, it's hard to speak about it. It's very isolating.

If it doesn't interest you, tune it out. Be happy for people, especially when they make themselves vulnerable in a way to help others.

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Posted by resident 1
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 31, 2015 at 10:25 pm

Congratulations to the Zuckerburgs. They are a part of our community. I am very happy for them.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 1, 2015 at 11:20 am


While miscarriages are frequent, the fact that it happened to a prominent couple will bring more public awareness to this medical issue. Is that fair? I'm sure you'll make up your own mind on that, but for the general public, hearing about a billionaire's wife have three miscarriages is going to make more of a media impact than some welfare mom who also suffered the same fate.

American society (and many others throughout the world) expect celebrities and public figures to bring light to noteworthy causes, whether it be things like breast cancer, cystic fibrosis, clean beaches, leukemia, children's art education, etc. You have lived long enough here in the Western Hemisphere to know this.

Let's face it, when Taylor Swift says that children's literacy is important, it creates more public awareness than if you or I say it. She donated the 2014 proceeds of her single "Welcome to New York" to New York City public schools.

You may not like it, but you shouldn't be surprised by it.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 1, 2015 at 1:48 pm

I have known several people who have had miscarriages which is a real tragedy. I would encourage those who seek to get pregnant to fully detox before doing so. The sheer amount of toxins in our environment I believe is contributing to the increase in number of miscarriages. The poor baby has to try and grow in a toxic environment. There are hundreds of toxins found in mother's bteast milk. These same toxins circulate in the mother's body. It is no wonder these fetuses fail tomthrive in the womb and then die in a highly toxic environment. If the baby survives, then he or she is subject to more toxins from the mother's milk, and then the doctors inject dozens of aluminum adjuvants, msg, mercury, formadehyde toxins from the vaccines. It is not a mystery to me why miscarriage is so high, autism, learning disorders, and allergies likewise.

I know many of the women who had miscarriages and gave birth to a healthy child, the child has in all cases that I have seen had severe allergies.

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Posted by Congratulations
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 1, 2015 at 2:07 pm

Years ago I saw a news story that said drinking local tap water increases risk of miscarriage appreciably, but drinking bottled is not the answer because then you really don't know what's in it and you don't get the fluoride (which kids need for healthy teeth and bones). So they recommended good filtration (filter everything out except the minerals).

You have a point about the environment, but miscarriages are prevalent in the population, it's not a rare thing now or 100 years ago. It just feels like you're the only one going through it, like a lot of things in life.

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Posted by stunned
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 1, 2015 at 3:25 pm

Talk about over-sharing. Are we supposed to be breathless "fans" of this news (both the sad personal news and the potentially happy personal news over-shared here?!)

I wish Zuck well in his private life, but he is not all-important to millions of us out here and this is not newsworthy.

Shame on the news media for perpetuating the cult of self-importance of today's social media executives. (The one who cheated on his wife at Google comes to mind, setting up his young British girlfriend as a figurehead to market Google Glass and openly going about this affair.)

This stuff 'aint news.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 1, 2015 at 6:18 pm


Please provide a link to this news story saying that local tap water increases the chances of miscarriage.

Thank you.

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Posted by Also had miscarriages
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 1, 2015 at 6:27 pm

Please stop all the speculation and advise about pregnancy, miscarriage and allergies. The allergy part in particular, is cruel.

Every miscarriage is different even with the same mother. The reasons are many, varied and often complicated.

It only provides a lot of hurt when this pseudo advice and facts are read by someone who is pregnant. It provides a lot more hurt to someone who has had miscarriages. We don't need this.

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