CBS correspondent suffered a pregnancy loss, as related to forest fires: ‘I blamed myself’

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As a CBS News correspondent opened up about suffering a miscarriage while on assignment in 2017, in relation to forest fires, and the debt continues to be struggling with, in spite of medical doctors reassuring her that it was not her fault.

Mireya Villarreal, who wrote a personal essay titled “I Did it cause it?’ Gone is the stigma of abortions,” for CBS News on Tuesday, said she vividly remembers standing in the back of a scorched hill, the Yosemite National park in July of 2017, when she began to feel a stab of pain.


She said after the 45-minute trek up the hill, and instead of feeling accomplished, I was cringing in pain in the area of the C-section scar will be left behind due to the birth of her son. She was nine months pregnant and hadn’t told the members of her crew, leading one to suggest that she “must have eaten a bad burrito for lunch, or a bad Mexican food on the way here.”

“I’ll never forget those words, uttered by a co-worker, who didn’t have a clue that I was pregnant,” she wrote. “I knew that if I told any of the guys in the crew what I was going through, she wouldn’t understand. I’d be up for that-look – like “Oh, you poor, poor woman’ – and then I’d go back to my company. So, I gave myself all sorts of things.”

She said that, because of its location, there were no bathrooms in the area, and she knew that she was heavily bleeding.

“There were no bathrooms in the area, and I was worried that I would bleed through multiple layers of clothing, and then everyone would see that the pain that I felt in my bright yellow fire-resistant suit. But that was not the case, and for that I am eternally grateful,” she wrote.

Villarreal have said that her thoughts were racing, if she was able to save the baby, or even a doctor, in the short term, in her mind, if she had let that happen, and if it was her fault.

“In my line of work, and the fact that all of the subject matter,” she wrote. However, for some reason, in this case, the identification of the data and the statistics, it was not easy at all. It is to blame something or someone for the loss, it is not easy to do. Sometimes, your body may not be coping with the pregnancy. Sometimes, it is the chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus. Food. Trauma. Take The Stress. Sometimes there is no explanation — it just happens.”

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), anywhere from 10 to 25 percent of all clinically recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage, with most occurring during the first 13 weeks of pregnancy.


In spite of the fact that this, and a consultation with her doctor, and Villarreal said that they would not be able to help, but the blame for putting her body through a gruelling work schedule during her pregnancy. She said that she felt “ashamed and guilty” and the accused claims to be “back then, now all we need to do that.”

“My life’s ambition and self-interest have led to an abortion,” she wrote. “No doctor will ever convince me that it’s not true. And that’s OK.”

Villarreal said that in the months before they were able to bring themselves to seek help, through therapy in order to cope with the emotional toll the loss had taken on her, and that is to talk about it with other women, she is also there to help.

She and her husband began trying for another baby, and she told me that she had suffered two miscarriages over the last eight months.

Every time I’ve been on the road for work. And every time I go through one of them, the same feelings that I had during the first pregnancy loss back again of the head off,” she wrote.

Villarreal said in a recent interview with Alanis Morissette, who has had several miscarriages, the two were talking about how the heartbreak will not be deterred and they would like to have more children.

“Last time someone said to me,” Why can’t you just be happy? Some women never get to have children. You may not be happy with what you have? It Is not enough for you?'” Villarreal and colleagues. “Here’s the thing: No, it’s not enough. It’s a good idea to mention that. It’s good to want to give any reasons as to why you may be having.”

Villarreal, who said that she was going to go for “100 more abortions if it meant that he was a different child when I was 3-years-old,” she said, still working on forgiving himself.


“Through therapy, I’ve realized that grieving for the loss of this child, it is very important, no matter at what stage of the pregnancy, when I was in,” she wrote. “But forgiving myself is just as important, and something I’m still working on it.”

Villarreal’s essay comes days after another journalist, NBC News 3 In Las Vegas, Michelle Velez, opened up about her molar pregnancy and the diagnosis of cancer. The two women were sharing their stories during National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, celebrated in October each year.

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