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Ashley Williams Reveals Miscarriage: ‘I’m a Survivor … Healed, I Will Try Again’

09/16/2016 at 12:10 PM ET

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Ashley Williams is opening up about her recent miscarriage.

In a brave essay for Human Development ProjectThe Jim Gaffigan Show actress shares how she discovered she miscarried during an outing at Whole Foods with her son Gus, 23 months, as well as the time that followed and what it made her realize about herself and others who have suffered the same experience but felt they couldn’t talk about it.

“My (still bloated) gut feeling is that something even more painful silences us  — the fear that we, as women, are failures,” writes Williams, 37, who miscarried eight weeks into her second pregnancy. “Procreation, the driving purpose in our constructed notion of womanhood, is broken by this sudden trauma.

“You are not broken. You did nothing wrong,” Williams continues, addressing other women who have miscarried. “You are strong, you are brave, and there is hope.”

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Ashley Williams on Expanding Her Family: ‘I Would Love to Have Another Child, if I Should Be So Lucky’

07/14/2016 at 01:00 PM ET

Ashley Williams definitely enjoys Something Borrowed: the company of other people’s kids at work!

“It’s a party — it’s a parade,” said Williams, who currently stars as a mother of five children on The Jim Gaffigan Show, in an interview for PEOPLE Now of life on set.

But in real life, the actress and certified doula, 37, has just one child: 21-month-old son Gus. So when asked if acting on the show has made her think of adding to her own brood, she made it clear that while she enjoys the company of all the kids at work, she is set for now.

“It’s really fun to hand the children back at the end of the day and pick up my one child and take him home, where we can be organized in our little 400-square-foot apartment,” she jokes.

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Ashley Williams on Being Shiri Appleby’s ‘Last Minute’ Doula: I Told Her ‘I’m At a Hotel Bar – I’ll Be There in Five Minutes!’

07/11/2016 at 12:30 PM ET

Not only is Ashley Williams an actress and yoga enthusiast — she’s also a certified doula!

The How I Met Your Mother alum sat down with PEOPLE Now to discuss assisting in childbirth for her friend Shiri Appleby.

“She was kind of a last-minute [situation],” said Williams, 37, who adds she and the UnREAL star, also 37, attended an acting class together. “She was in labor and she called me and said, ‘I need you.’ And I said, ‘I’m at a hotel bar, I will be there in five minutes.’ ”

Ashley Williams doula Shiri Appleby

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Ashley Williams Clears Up the Inspiration Behind Her Son’s Name

10/22/2015 at 10:00 AM ET

The challenge of picking a moniker for her first child wasn’t lost on Ashley Williams.

“Naming is hard; that name is forever,” the actress, 36, tells Mini magazine.

Luckily, after months of scrolling through a growing list of options on her phone, Williams and husband Neal Dodson were able to settle on the perfect designation for their baby boy: Gus.

“It’s not short for anything and it’s not a family name. It’s not for the fat mouse in Cinderella, though he’s amazing,” she jokes. “We just loved it from the start.”

Ashley Williams son Gus nursery
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Ashley Williams: Why I’m ‘Really Relieved’ to Have Only One Child

07/14/2015 at 01:50 PM ET

Ashley Williams might need to invest in more baby-proofing now that her 9-month-old is crawling.

The new mom jokes that she’s being kept on her toes by son Gus, who has learned to cruise around on the carpet — and detect anything that could be considered dangerous.

“If you need to know where the electrical cords are in a room, he’ll find them for you,” she told PEOPLE at the Ant-Man screening hosted by The Cinema Society and Audi in New York City on Monday.

“He just goes right to them. I think we could put him in security at the airport and if there’s something dangerous, he’ll find it.”

Ashley Williams Ant-Man screening
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Ashley Williams’s Blog: Why I Decided to Have a Home Birth

03/30/2015 at 05:30 PM ET

The path to parenthood was full of decisions for actress Ashley Williams, like whether to deliver at the hospital or have a home birth.

And as she considered her options for welcoming her son into the world, Williams, a certified doula, knew there was one place she wanted to give birth: at home with husband Neal Dodson and a trusted birthing team by her side.

On Oct. 5, the couple became parents to baby boy Gus, who was born at home on the living room floor, surrounded by Williams’ strong support system.

Following the release of a recent study on home births, the new mom and star of the upcoming Jim Gaffigan Show, 36, is sharing six questions other parents should consider when putting together their own birthing plans.

She can be found on Twitter at @imthesmash.

Ashley Williams Dodson pregnant Neal and Ashley Williams Dodson – Courtesy photo

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Ashley Williams Welcomes Son Gus

10/23/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

Ashley Williams Welcomes Son Gus Dave M. Benett/Getty

She has something blue!

Something Borrowed star Ashley Williams is a new mom after welcoming her first child with husband Neal Dodson on Sunday, Oct. 5, she tells PEOPLE exclusively.

Son Gus Williams Dodson was born at home, weighing 8 lbs., 8 oz., and measuring 20½ inches long.

“He’s gorgeous and healthy. So far he’s soothable and calm. Knock on wood!” the proud new mama tells PEOPLE, adding her son was born to an Alexi Murdoch song.

As for her baby boy’s moniker Williams, 35, explains, “His name is Gus. For no other reason than: Who doesn’t love a guy named Gus?”

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