Dr. Jessica Zucker is a Los Angeles-based psychologist 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 antiquated cultural silence. The campaign has since become a mixed media, multi-platform effort.
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, People Magazine, Glamour, Refinery29 U.K., Elle Belgium, France, and U.K., Cosmopolitan France, Marie Claire Mexico, Italy, and The Netherlands, The Daily Mail, The Cut, GirlBoss, The TODAY show, CNN, among other outlets.
In 2015, Dr. Zucker created a line of pregnancy/infant 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 apparel aims to further de-stigmatize, de-silence, de-shame pregnancy/infant loss by putting a face to the statistics.
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, they 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.
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 create them for ourselves, while inviting others to do the same. In asserting that it is never too late to ritualize loss, we acknowledge grief’s complexity and further represent our stories.
In 2019, we asked: Can grief and pleasure coexist? Returning to the very place loss occurred, the campaign zeros in on sex after pregnancy loss to ignite reflection around intimacy and to think about how life after loss affects sexuality. Jessica’s latest New York Times piece investigates this topic through interviewing women globally.
Jessica's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, New York Magazine, BuzzFeed, Harper’s Bazaar, VICE, TIME, ELLE, SELF, Refinery29, InStyle, Ladies' Home Journal, Mashable, Goop, PBS, The World Health Organization, and elsewhere. Her first book is due out in Fall 2020. Jessica has been featured on The TODAY Show, Good Morning America, CNN, and NPR. Jessica earned advanced degrees from New York University and Harvard University.