When Michelle Obama opened up about her miscarriage in her memoir, “Becoming,” it inspired Black women to explore fertility treatments just like the forever First Lady.
“A miscarriage is lonely, painful, and demoralizing almost on a cellular level. When you have one, you will likely mistake it for a personal failure, which it is not. Or a tragedy, which, regardless of how utterly devastating it feels in the moment, it also is not. What nobody tells you is that miscarriages happen all the time, to more women than you’d ever guess, given the relative silence around it,” Obama wrote in her book.
Barack and Michelle’s daughters, Malia, 21, and Sasha, 18, were both conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF).
According to the IBI Times, Dr. Desiree McCarthy-Keith, the medical director for Shady Grove Fertility’s Atlanta region, said that Michelle Obama’s infertility had an impact on Black women especially.
“Women brave enough to speak on their own situations; it’s empowering for all of us to hear that,” she said.
McCarthy-Keith’s clinic saw an 18 percent increase in black women undergoing fertility treatment since last year, the report states.
Meanwhile, Obama recently opened up to “Today” about being emotional over Sasha leaving for college.
Malia is currently studying at Harvard, while Sasha is enrolled at Michigan University.
“It was, of course, a little emotional to drop Sasha off at college,” Obama said. “We were there, just like most parents, helping her unpack and make her dorm room feel like home,” she added.
“But by and large, we let her take care of herself. As a parent, one of the most important things we can give our children is the freedom to find their own way in the world.”