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The Conversation Is Changing Around Miscarriage And Infant Loss As More Women Tell Their Stories Online

Kalila Martinez and Family
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Kalila Martinez and her family at their son's funeral.

It used to be that if a woman suffered a miscarriage, it just wasn’t something you talked about, especially not in a public way.

But that’s changing.

October was Infant Loss and Miscarriage Awareness Month — and Oct. 15 a day of remembrance for those who have been lost. Throughout the month, we heard family and friends tell their stories on social media, many of whom we never knew had experienced anything like this.

So, what made them come forward?

For Kalila Martinez, it was her own need for release that motivated her to share that day. A few years ago, she became pregnant with her second child, but had a miscarriage pretty early on. Then, just last summer, she lost another child — this time, on the day he was born.

After she suffered that miscarriage, she said it changed her understanding of trying to conceive.

The Show sat down with her to talk more about her own experience, and why she thinks so many more women are willing to talk about infant loss than ever before.

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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.