Former ESPN Anchor Opens Up About On-Air Miscarriage

Former ESPN anchor Sara Walsh wrote candidly in an Instagram post Sunday about losing a pregnancy during a broadcast of ?SportsCenter.?

Walsh, who gave birth to twins earlier this year, was among the roughly 100 ESPN employees laid off late last month by the cable network. Her layoff, which she confirmed in early May, drew particular attention because it came as she was scheduled to return from maternity leave.

Walsh was three months pregnant when she suffered a miscarriage during a live SportsCenter broadcast from Tuscaloosa, Alabama ? the home of the University of Alabama ? she said in the Mother?s Day post.

?The juxtaposition of college kids going nuts behind our set, while I was losing a baby on it, was surreal,? Walsh said. ?I was scared, nobody knew I was pregnant, so I did the show while having a miscarriage. On television. My husband had to watch this unfold from more than a thousand miles away, texting me hospital options during commercial breaks.?

Walsh is married to minor league baseball pitcher Matt Buschmann.

She didn?t say when the miscarriage occurred, though she hosted SportsCenter live from an Alabama football game in November 2014, according to ESPN.

Though pregnancy loss is common, misconceptions surround it. Healthy women have a 15-to-20 percent chance of having a miscarriage, the American Pregnancy Association estimates. And most miscarriages are due to chromosomal abnormalities and have nothing to do with maternal behavior, according to the Mayo Clinic. Experts say that when celebrities speak out about their experiences, it can help relieve some of that pressure on women who may feel alone when it comes to pregnancy loss.

My mother bought them these onesies because she thought they were funny. For us, they're especially poignant. Finding a good egg didn't come easy for me, and I suspect there are many people out there facing the same struggle. The road down a dark path began while hosting Sportscenter on the road from Alabama. I arrived in Tuscaloosa almost three months pregnant. I wouldn't return the same way. The juxtaposition of college kids going nuts behind our set, while I was losing a baby on it, was surreal. I was scared, nobody knew I was pregnant, so I did the show while having a miscarriage. On television. My husband had to watch this unfold from more than a thousand miles away, texting me hospital options during commercial breaks. It would get worse. Two more failed pregnancies. More than once, I'd have surgery one day and be on SportsCenter the next so as not to draw attention to my situation. We then went down the IVF road of endless shots and procedures. After several rounds, we could only salvage two eggs. I refused to even use them for a long time, because I couldn't bear the idea of all hope being gone. I blew off pregnancy tests, scared to know if it worked. It had. Times two. It was exciting news, but we knew better than to celebrate. So I spent a third straight football season pregnant, strategically picking out clothes and standing at certain angles, using scripts to hide my stomach. There would be no baby announcement, no shower, we didn't buy a single thing in preparation for the babies, because I wasn't sure they'd show up. We told very few people we were pregnant, and almost no one there were two. For those that thought I was weirdly quiet about my pregnancy, now you know why. For as long as I can remember I hosted Sportscenter on Mother's Day, and the last couple years doing that have been personally brutal. An hours-long reminder of everything that had gone wrong. I wasn't on tv today, and I'm not sure when I will be again, but instead I got to hang with these two good eggs. My ONLY good eggs. And I know how lucky I really am.

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Walsh said in her post she had two other miscarriages after the first one, and that she appeared on television throughout. 

?More than once, I?d have surgery one day and be on SportsCenter the next so as not to draw attention to my situation,? she wrote.

Walsh found out she was expecting twins last fall and ?spent a third consecutive college football season pregnant, strategically picking out clothes and standing at certain angles, using scripts to hide my stomach.?

She and Buschmann told only a few people about the pregnancy before the twins were born in late January. 

?For as long as I can remember I hosted Sportscenter on Mother?s Day, and the last couple years doing that have been personally brutal,? she said. ?An hours-long reminder of everything that had gone wrong. I wasn?t on tv today, and I?m not sure when I will be again, but instead I got to hang with these two good eggs. My ONLY good eggs. And I know how lucky I really am.?

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