Dr. Jessica Zucker is an LA based psychologist and writer specializing in women's reproductive and maternal mental health. When she experienced a miscarriage at 16 weeks it opened her eyes to the lack of support and resources that are offered for those struggling with loss.
Soon after, Jessica launched the #IHadaMiscarriage campaign to start opening up and speaking out about the pain and politics that come with loss. She has since been featured in dozens of publications, podcasts, TV, radio shows and more.
Last week we featured a blog about an ectopic pregnancy. Natalie went through a lot of what I imagine Jessica was feeling with her lack of support. “It was a long time ago and I don’t remember a lot but I don’t remember hearing “I’m sorry.” I do remember hearing, “It was probably for the best.” “You can always try again.” And most people just ignored it like it never happened. No cards, flowers… No one thought you were real. No one acknowledged you. I was angry and hurt for a long time.”
In 2015 Jessica aimed to fill that gap by launching a line of cards specifically for pregnancy loss. She uses simple yet effective phrases like “I’m deeply sorry for your loss” and “Grief is Universal” to the more blunt “#FuckLoss.” And sometimes those basic words are exactly what someone going though this needs to hear.
Since launching her campaign she has expanded her shop to include t-shirts and pins for rainbow babes and their mamas.
I'm so thankful for strong women like Jessica who see these voids and don't just fall into them but fight against them. Who speak up and say "what I experienced was hard and it was real and I am allowed to grieve and to take my time to heal." Her one personal experience drove her to create items and stories that will reach and touch so.many.women. And help them to receive the support and comfort they need in those difficult times. Thank you Jessica for this campaign, and I am so deeply sorry for your loss.