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11/05/2012 04:51 pm ET Updated Nov 06, 2012

Men and Miscarriage: Coping With Pregnancy Loss (VIDEO)

Each year, millions of people suffer the devastation of losing an unborn child. But despite how often they occur, miscarriages and stillbirths are still considered a taboo topic by many.

Kelly Farley is a recovery coach and the author of 'Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back.' For Farley, traditional gender roles made it especially difficult for him to mourn the loss of two pregnancies. He shared his experience with host Nancy Redd on a segment for HuffPost Live.

"I went into a pretty heavy tailspin, into despair and grief," Farley said. "A lot of it had to do with the fact that I didn't talk about it. I didn't seek help. Eventually I gave in and sought some help."

Farley recommended that men dealing with pregnancy loss must give themselves space to cope.

"It's not weak to cry," he said. "And it's okay to show emotion. It's okay to talk about it."

Joining Redd and Farley to dicuss the importance of being open about miscarriage were Abby Lagunoff, a miscarriage healer in Los Angeles, Marybeth Lowell, mother of one in Seattle, and Erica Schlaeffer, mother and Founder of Parenthood for Me.

Watch the full segment on HuffPost Live.

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