Lisa Ling Miscarriage: I Felt Like a "Complete Failure"

PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 01: Lisa Ling (R) the sister of imprisoned journalist Laura Ling, mother Mary Ling (2nd R) and Lain Clayton, Laura Ling's husband look on prior to the start of the international friendly soccer match between FC Barcelona and the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose Bowlon August 1, 2009, in Pasadena, California. Laura Ling and fellow journalist Euna Lee were sentenced to 12 years of hard labour by North Korea reportedly for allegedly entering the country illegally and 'hostile acts.' (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

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Lisa Ling (right) in happy times, shown here with her mother and brother-in-law at a soccer game in Pasadena, Calif. on Aug. 1, 2009. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

(CBS/AP) "Complete failure." That's Lisa Ling describing how she thought about herself after suffering a miscarriage six months ago.

Ling, who appeared on "The View" from 1999 to 2002, came back to the show Tuesday to talk about her experience. Her taped appearance was scheduled to air today.

She says that after she'd been pregnant for nine weeks, she was told her baby had no heartbeat. She "felt more like a failure than I'd felt in a very long time," she says. Ling is married to Paul Song, an oncologist.

"We actually [hadn't] been trying that long," she says in the interview, according to People magazine. "I don't know that I took it as seriously as I should have because it happened so fast. But then when I heard the doctor say there was no heartbeat it was like bam, like a knife through the heart."

Ling, who is 37, says she fears it might happen again.

She may have reason to worry. Miscarriage is more common among women over age 35, as well as women who have previously miscarried.

Most miscarriages are caused by chromosomal abnormalities that make it impossible for the fetus to develop. Other causes include hormone problems, infections, and diabetes and other diseases.

Ling says many women she knew had miscarriages but rarely talked about it. So she's set up a website called Secret Society of Women  to jump-start the discussion.

  • David W Freeman

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