Hannah Bronfman Shared Her Miscarriage Story In an Intimate Vlog
The wellness influencer wants other women to know that she understands what they're going through.
Despite the prevalence of miscarrage— 10 to 25 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage—it's natural for women who suffer on to feel painfully alone in dealing with it. While some people might avoid telling even their closest friends that they've lost a pregnancy, Hannah Bronfman decided to share her own miscarriage experience with hundreds of thousands of followers. (Related: Here Is Exactly What Happened When I Had a Miscarriage)
Last week, Bronfman revealed that she had a miscarriage at the beginning of the year and that she's decided to share her story not from a place of grief, but in hopes that those who have gone through similar experiences might be able to relate and find solidarity. "I hope you know that you aren't alone in this journey and to treat people with kindness always because you don't know what people are going through," she wrote in an Instagram caption.
In a subsequent vlog on Bronfman's husband Brendan Fallis' YouTube channel, the couple showed the ups and downs of their pregnancy journey. In November, Bronfman explains that she took a pregnancy test because her period was late. The results were negative. She took another test the following day to be sure but quickly realized she got her period as she was taking the test. (Related: Michelle Obama Reveals She Suffered a Miscarriage 20 Years Ago)
Cut to December, when Bronfman tries another pregnancy test. This one turns out positive and the couple is visibly elated. "Can you get excited about this or do you have to do the second or third [pregnancy test]?" Fallis says in the video of their thoughts at the time.
As if he'd been foreshadowing, the next part of the video reveals Bronfman's miscarriage. She found out her pregnancy was no longer viable at what was supposed to be an uneventful checkup. "My OB, she was like, 'You know, Brendan doesn't need to come to the next one, it's like not a big checkup,'" Bronfman recounts in the video. "So I went alone, and that's when she told me that there was no heartbeat. And I had to call Brendan and tell him over the phone, so it was just not an ideal situation obviously from many standpoints."
Two days later, Bronfman had to undergo surgery, "a little procedure called 'D and C,'" she explains in the video. She was likely referring to a dilation and curettage procedure, which is often done after a miscarriage to remove the fetus and other tissues, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
While the couple's story is tragic, Bronfman joins an increasing number of women who have chosen to publicly share their miscarriage experiences. Take Shawn Johnson, who posted a similar-style vlog, or Hilaria Baldwin, who provided updates before and after miscarrying. Seeing these stories drove Bronfman to pay it forward. "I feel very grateful for the few people who I follow who have talked about it, and I just feel like, if me sharing my story can help someone feel less alone in the situation, then that's amazing," she said in the video. Surely it has.