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Celebrity miscarriages

06/20/2006 at 02:39 PM ET

With all of the celebrity pregnancies and births, we tend to over look the loss of miscarriage.  The blog Babyfruit Miscarriage and Pregnancy has compiled a list of celebrity miscarriages and stillbirths.  According to HopeExchange.com, every year in the United States there are approximately 2 million women who experience pregnancy loss. 

Just a few of the celebs who have experienced pregnancy loss include Courteney Cox Arquette, Tori Amos, Amy Brenneman, Audrey Hepburn, Pamela Anderson, Yoko Ono, Jane Pratt, Brooke Shields and Emma Thompson. Sadly, it is not a short list.

As Allison Rosen, a therapist who treats people dealing with infertility, quoted in this New York Times article said, "People don’t understand the deep connection to the unborn child, and they don’t understand it’s the death of what feels, to the potential parents, like a real person. The grief is so silent. We don’t have rituals mourning a miscarriage. So the pain is isolating."

Happily, after 4 miscarriages, Aliza Sherman of Babyfruit is expecting her first child any second now.  She’s been in labor for a bit but was sent home from the hospital. 

FYI, here are some things to say when a friend tells you of their pregnancy loss, "I’m so sorry for your loss," "I’m here for you," and "What can I do to help?"  Here are some things NOT to say.


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Traci on

Sadly, how is this news? I think talking about celebrity miscarriages is just awful and not called for. I would rather not hear about this – let’s think happy thoughts!

Fast Typist on

I myself suffered 2 miscarriages before I was able to have my daughter. I think about those babies all of the time. For me it was my faith and the love and support of my family that helped me get through some of the darkest days. I look forward to the day that I will see my babies and have all of my kids together for the first time.

MuffThumb on

it’s important because everyone needs to realize getitng pregnant isnt as easy as it looks or seems.

didnt courtney love and jennifer aniston miscarry, too?

Sarah CBB Editor on

Yes, Courtney Love did miscarry a baby just a few years ago. There are many, many people on that list. I think Danielle just pulled out a few names.

Lindsay on

Geez……. that list makes me want to cry…. just because the list is so long but the fact that some of them have had as many as 6 to 8 miscarriages. I honestly had no idea that Jennifer Aniston has suffered a miscarriage.

One of my friends suffered a miscarriage but about 3 months later they ended up reconceiving. My older sis is the same way. She miscarried a few months ago and is now 2 months pregnant.

Sarah CBB Editor on

I believe the Jennifer Aniston one is just a rumor, from the Enquirer.

I also think it’s important to see and recognize how much trouble some people have – and with this list, for the most part, it’s celebrities that have come out and discussed their experiences, which is good.

jaky19 on

I feel that a lot of women do suffer miscarriages in silence. If celebrities want to willingly share their experiences than that is wonderful and can be very poositive to those who have suffered the same experience. However, I feel that we should not list rumors as fact.

To be reputable and genuine, websites should only share those women’s experiences that we know as fact because these women have bravely chosen to share their experiences and not because someone sold a story that may or may not be true to a sordid magazine such as the National Enquirer.

joy on

I unfortunately know so many women who have suffered from them. Some who have babies so easily don’t realize how hard it can be for other women. I pray that the day I decide to have kids it comes with ease and obviously I wish that for all who wish to have children.

gargoylegurl on

I personally think doing an article on celebrity miscarriages is very relevant.

The fact is, it’s a fairly common occurrence. I bet everyone here knows someone who has suffered a miscarriage.

As this article states, in our society we don’t have any type of ceremony or ritual for this loss. Women (and men) are often left to deal with their grief alone. Sharing experiences & talking about it, knowing you are not alone, has to be somewhat helpful…

Principesa on

Amen, Joy!! And, I too wish for you to never experience the heartache and devestation of pregnancy loss.

Losing 4 pregnancies in 2 years is very much relevant. If only happy thoughts could work for those of us who are fertility challenged.

NicoleMarie aka Cole on

This is one of the reasons why I’m scared to have children. It makes me so mad how there are people out there who don’t want babies and get pregnant and the people who want them so much can’t.

Torrie on

As someone who’s lost two pregnacies I want to thank you for posting this.

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joy on

Many women I know who have lost children have decided to adopt. However, it sometimes saddens me that adoption can be so expensive bc there are so many unwanted babies and children yet the cost makes it unfortunately very hard for alot of families to proceed. But I always encourage people to not give up. If there’s a will there’s a way. So just keep hope alive.

Lola on

Wow, that was really sad. Brenda Fricker’s quote about having six miscarriages never carrying a pregnancy to term was heart-breaking. “Getting pregnant is wonderful.” So sad.

mrvb on

I appreciated seeing that list. As a healthy woman I thought that getting pregnant would be easy. After a year and a half of trying we conceived and then miscarried. We are trying again though and I know that if it is meant to be (with the aid of a doc) it will be. :) Good luck to all the woman out there trying!

tink1217 on

as someone who has had 4 miscarriages and an ectopic pregnancy i am glad to hear i am not alone and I take comfort and strength in the fact that i can talk about it with others who have suffered the same things. celebs should not have to suffer in silence either! i am very lucky to have 2 children from my first marriage, but since marrying a second time and trying to have a baby now for 8 years, it has been a really tough road. i may never have another and i am so greatful for my kids, but talking about it and reading others experiences does help!

Kermit on

This is one of the saddest articles I think I have ever read on this website. I went down the list and that is just so sad. I think Whitney Houston has had 3 that she made public.

My heart goes out to any woman who has to suffer through such a loss.

Ijeoma on

I just suffered a miscarriage and for my first pregnancy,it helps to read about other women or celebrities who have gone through the same thing and have gone on to have other children. My faith,family and your article has helped us. Thanks

Elite on

Didnt Whitney Houston have like two or three miscarriages?

NippyFan79 on

“Didnt Whitney Houston have like two or three miscarriages?

Posted by: Elite at May 20, 2007 11:28:29 PM”

She had 4 – 1991, 1994, 1996, 1998 – A very sad situation. Her daughter is a blessing!

future princess on

I myself have suffered a miscarrige at 7 weeks and two days and must say its the hardest thing anyone could go through and wouldnt wish it on my worst enemy. To know that your not alone though and even celebrities have gone through it does help.

I am now 6 weeks pregnant exactly a year after I lost my last baby and am petrified it will happen again but am hoping that this pregnancy lasts.

Sending out lots of luck to everyone trying to make a lil miracle at the moment. It will happen,x x x

Quinn on

I am only 4 weeks. I’m currently suffering from a miscarriage. Its very painful even in this early stage. I did find comfort in reading all these comments. Thank you.

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