Advocacy: Pregnancy + Infant Loss

Dr. Jessica Zucker specialized in women’s reproductive and maternal mental health long before experiencing a second trimester miscarriage firsthand. Since her loss, Jessica has written extensively about the pain and the politics of loss for outlets such as: The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, New York Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, Refinery29, SELF, TIME, VICE, and elsewhere. She is currently writing her first book due out in Fall 2020.

She launched the #IHadAMiscarriage social media campaign with her first New York Times piece in 2014 to question the stigma and galvanize community. The campaign expands each October in connection with Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month to address under-talked about aspects of loss/grief.

Jessica’s Instagram account was named “the bravest use of social media” by Women’s Health Magazine U.K. and has been featured in hundreds of outlets, including: SELF Magazine, People Magazine, CNN, Glamour, Refinery29 U.K., Elle Belgium, France, + U.K., Cosmopolitan France, Marie Claire U.S., U.K., Italy, Mexico + The Netherlands, The Daily Mail, The TODAY show, GirlBoss, New York Magazine, among others.

In 2015, Jessica created a line of pregnancy/infant loss cards. In the aftermath of pregnancy loss it can be difficult for loved ones to know what to say/do. These cards aim to provide the antidote to “I just didn’t know what to say”.

In 2016, Jessica created a line of tees and enamel pins to spark intergenerational conversations surrounding pregnancy loss, specifically about pregnancy after pregnancy loss.

In 2017, the campaign zeroed in on the normative cultural standard that advises women to wait to share pregnancy news until they are “out of the woods” after the first trimester. For those who have experienced later loss, they know too well that there isn’t a predictable timeframe with regard to “the woods”. This construct essentially translates into ‘don’t share your good news in case it becomes bad news so that you won’t have to share the bad news’. Furthering the silence and isolation, it’s time to rethink the way we embrace all birth outcomes and the grief that may accompany it.

In 2018, rites, rituals and representation are top of mind. Due to the dearth of standardized rituals in our culture that provide a way to honor pregnancy/infant loss, we are attempting to creating them for ourselves, while inviting others to do the same. In asserting that it is never too late to ritual loss, we acknowledge grief’s complexity and further represent our stories.

She is keen on utilizing art for social change and has teamed up with several artists to do so:

Anne Robin Calligraphy
Claudia Sahuquillo
Her.Period
Illustrated Impact
Jacyina Almond
Jane Beaird
Kimothy Joy
Mari Andrew
Ryan Alexander-Tanner
Samantha Hahn
Sarah Naqvi
Skin on Sundays
Taynee Tinsley