Dr. Jessica Zucker is a Los Angeles-based psychologist and writer specializing in women's reproductive and maternal mental health. Jessica specialized in this field long before experiencing a second trimester miscarriage firsthand.
Jessica created and launched the #IHadAMiscarriage campaign with her first New York Times piece in 2014 with the aim of addressing the cultural silence.
She has since written over a dozen essays and illustrated pieces about the pain and the politics of pregnancy loss.
The #IHadAMiscarriage Instagram account was named "the bravest use of social media" by Women's Health Magazine U.K. and has been featured in SELF Magazine, People Magazine, Glamour, Refinery29 U.K., Elle Belgium, France, + U.K., Cosmopolitan France, Marie Claire Mexico + The Netherlands, The Independent, The Daily Mail, GIRLBOSS, The TODAY show, among other outlets.
In 2015, Dr. Zucker created a line of pregnancy loss cards with the aim of filling a gaping hole in the cultural conversation and in the marketplace. Jessica's goal with this collection is to help people have the tools to connect after loss, providing the antidote to "I just don't know what to say".
In 2016, the #IHadAMiscarriage campaign focused on pregnancy after pregnancy loss with the hope of sparking intergenerational conversations about reproductive experiences. A "rainbow baby" is a baby that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal or infant loss. The tees and pins aim to further de-stigmatize, de-silence, de-shame pregnancy and infant loss by putting a face to the statistics. She recently teamed up with Feminist Apparel to reach a wider audience.
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 losses, we know too well that there isn't a predictable timeframe with regard to loss. 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 that shrouds pregnancy and infant loss, it's time to rethink the way we embrace all birth outcomes and the grief that may accompany it.
Jessica's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, BuzzFeed, TIME, New York Magazine The Cut (forthcoming), Refinery29, InStyle, Ladies' Home Journal, Mashable, PBS, Modern Loss, Goop, anthologies and elsewhere. She has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN, and NPR. She has a background in public health and worked internationally for several years and incorporates this into her work/writing. Jessica earned advanced degrees from New York University and Harvard University.