NBC News’ Kate Snow Launches Series on Miscarriages And Shares Her Own Story
With more famous names such as Hilaria Baldwin and Meghan McCain coming forward to share their stories on experiencing a miscarriage, it seems the new series launched by frequent Today Show contributor and NBC News senior national correspondent Kate Snow on “the realities of pregnancy loss” is much needed coverage. The segments will cover a wide range of topics from workplace leave to medical advances and post-traumatic stress disorder, aiming to shed light on the misconceptions that come along with losing a pregnancy.
Snow previously revealed she suffered two miscarriages, one in 2010 and one in 2012, and will be sharing her experience in the series titled Miscarriage Matters, appearing on both Weekend Nightly News and Today.
Ending the stigma
According to Mayo Clinic, miscarriage is defined as the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week. Approximately 10 to 20 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage, though the number may be higher due to many women experiencing a miscarriage before discovering they are pregnant.
People reports that Snow shared her own story publicly about a year ago in the hopes of helping other women going through the same loss. The journalist also seeks to reach out to those who have been battling the many difficult emotions that come with experiencing a miscarriage.
“I’m hoping it will shine a light on an issue that really doesn’t get talked about enough,” Snow said. “Maybe if we do all speak about it more it will help us and help our understanding. I believe strongly that we have to talk about all these difficult issues, or the stigmas will remain.”
Healing through reporting
Snow has found some healing for herself through working on the series. “Personally, it’s been really revealing for me. I feel like it was actually therapeutic for me to sit and talk about it with someone out loud and revisit those emotions,” the NBC news woman said. “It stays with you.”
First airing on February 9, Miscarriage Matters is an ongoing series and offers resources on the Today.com website. “I was helped by hearing other women’s stories when I went through it. So if I have a platform I’m going to use it to tell my story so that I can help others,” Snow said. “I think [the series] will touch people and I hope it creates some kind of community for people.”
When Snow penned her story on Today.com in April, the mom of two shared that she was greatly supported by her family and comforted by their unbreakable bond.
“Our little family is stronger for what we’ve been through. And for whatever reason — having a third child just wasn’t meant to be,” she wrote. “It wasn’t easy to accept. But eventually, slowly, we adjusted. We learned to celebrate all we have and spent less time mourning what we’d lost.”
Another journalist’s story
In October, CBS News correspondent Mireya Villarreal shared her own story of loss that she experienced while reporting on a story in 2017. Like Snow, Villareal wanted to start a dialogue on the topic of miscarriages and encourage other women to seek help to recover from the emotional and physical trauma.
“The questions all women ask themselves after a miscarriage popped into my head: Did I cause this? Was it my fault?” Villareal wrote on CBSNews.com. “All of those emotions affected who I was at work and at home… I needed to talk to someone.”
By seeking professional counseling, the CBS journalist was able to start healing. “Through therapy, I’ve realized that grieving the loss of this child was important, no matter what stage of the pregnancy I was in,” Villareal revealed. “But forgiving myself is just as important and something I’m still working on… But I’m no longer ashamed. I’ve moved past the stigma to help myself and help others.”
With more light being shed on the subject of miscarriages, hopefully more healing will come to the women who have suffered the devastating loss of a pregnancy.