WE ARE 1 IN 4

The aim of this campaign is threefold: (1) to model that there is no shame in loss, by sharing my story - the intimate details - despite the fact that psychologists typically don’t share the contents of their “personal” lives. Given the fact that approximately 20% of pregnancies result in loss, I don’t only see this as a personal issue, but a political one as well. (2) to de-stigmatize, de-shame, de-silence this very common reproductive occurrence and in so doing, inviting others to be inspired to share their stories or at the very least, to know they are not alone in their grief (3) shine a light on a taboo topic with the hope of changing the cultural conversation surrounding loss. Bringing it out of the shadows through story telling, communing, and connecting.
— JESSICA ZUCKER

Jessica Zucker, Ph.D. is a psychologist and writer based in Los Angeles who specializes in women's reproductive and maternal mental health. Since her own loss, she's written extensively about the pain and politics of love and loss. Her words have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, BuzzFeed, TIME, and elsewhere. She is the creator of the #IHadAMiscarriage campaign as well as a line of pregnancy loss cards. Jessica has been featured on Good Morning America, NPR, and CNN. Dr. Zucker earned advanced degrees from New York University and Harvard University, and you can follow her series on loss on Instagram: @IHadAMiscarriage.

In 2015, Jessica launched a line of pregnancy loss cards with the aim of providing a concrete and meaningful way for loved ones to support grievers. So often we are at a loss for words in such a charged time of grief and loss, and these cards aim to acknowledge the full spectrum of emotions felt in the aftermath of pregnancy loss.

I thought these cards needed to be part of mainstream culture because so many pregnancies end, stirring countless emotions. This year the campaign focuses on pregnancy/motherhood after loss as well as promoting intergenerational conversations about reproductive histories. I made a line of tees and totes that honor rainbow mamas and babies in an effort to further de-silence pregnancy loss by putting a face to the statistics.
— Jessica zucker
There are many routes to motherhood. These items acknowledge the journey and provide a way to connect with other loss moms. We are 1 in 4. Too many women report feeling isolated and even alienated after loss. I hope to be part of changing the cultural tide, even just a little bit.
— JESSICA ZUCKER

 

You can connect with Jessica Zucker, Ph.D. by sharing your story @ihadamiscarriage, follow her on Twitter: @DrZucker, or purchase her cards and tees online.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

UK

https://www.tommys.org

http://www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk/

 

USA

https://pregnancyafterlosssupport.com

http://www.mend.org

http://www.returntozerohealingcenter.com/

 

AUSTRALIA

http://www.sands.org.au/

 

INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORY

http://www.pregnancylossdirectory.com/support-organizations/