Sharon Stone arrives for the Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. File/AFP
“Basic Instinct” star Sharon Stone has opened up about losing nine children by miscarriage, and she says women are made to feel that losing a baby is “something to bear alone and secretly. It is indeed sad to hear her story.
The 64-year-old actress said women are made to feel that losing a baby is “something to bear alone and secretly with some kind of sense of failure,” but the actress says anyone who has suffered a miscarriage requires “compassion and empathy and healing,” reports femalefirst.co.uk.
The Emmy Award-winning actress and activist recalled the physical and emotional toll caused by the miscarriages when commenting on a recent interview with professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd published by People.
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Peta is a New Zealand-born Australian professional Latin dancer. In an Instagram comment, she wrote: “We, as females don’t have a forum to discuss the profundity of this loss. I lost nine children by miscarriage. It is no small thing, physically nor emotionally yet we are made to feel it is something to bear alone and secretly with some kind of sense of failure.
“Instead of receiving the much needed compassion and empathy and healing which we so need. Female health and wellness left to the care of the male ideology has become lax at best, ignorant in fact, and violently oppressive in effort.” Stone made the comment on People magazine’s Instagram post promoting a joint interview with “Dancing with the Stars” professionals Peta Murgatroyd and her husband Maks Chmerkovskiy. In the chat, the 35-year-old star opened up to the publication about suffering a miscarriage while her husband, 42, was in Ukraine.
He said: “I’m just here to make sure that everything goes well, regardless of what it is. I feel like that’s my job. And then when everybody’s fine, I get to be tended to. But it was crazy. It makes you feel helpless. And for a dude like me, like all my priorities have completely shifted.” Peta also suffered miscarriages twice before.
Speaking about her first miscarriage, she told the magazine: “I was completely embarrassed, ultimately ashamed. I didn’t even know how to utter the words and have that sentence come out of my mouth: I had a miscarriage.
“I’m somebody who prides herself on health wellness. I exercise every single day. But as I came to realise, that doesn’t really go hand-in-hand with the reproductive system.” Stone, the mother of three adopted sons, concluded her post by noting the “violent oppression” that can occur when decisions about women’s health are driven by a male perspective. “Female health and wellness left to the care of the male ideology has become lax at best, ignorant in fact, and violently oppressive in effort,” she wrote.