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Pregnancy & Disappointment

Molly Picon, 1898 - 1992

On Friday, August 13, 1920 Picon wrote in her diary: "My baby came into the world dead. Peculiar that a perfect love should bear dead fruit."

Picon became pregnant and delivered a stillborn baby girl in August, 1920. She was devastated and felt that she had failed Kalich, "dismally in what all women do so naturally. In addition to my sadness at the loss of the baby, there was the severe blow to my vanity. When my doctors told me [I] could never bear another child, the blow was severer still. Never again would I be so sure of myself when Yonkel said, 'You can do it, Picon.' "

Notes: 
  1. "My baby came into..." Picon, Molly & Bergantini Grillo, Jean, Molly! (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1980)33.
  2. "dismally in what all women..." Picon, Molly & Bergantini Grillo, Jean, Molly! (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1980)33.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Women of Valor - Molly Picon - Pregnancy & Disappointment." (Viewed on April 17, 2014) <http://jwa.org/womenofvalor/picon/pregnancy-disappointment>.