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 16-week miscarriage. She launched the #IHadAMiscarriage hashtag campaign with her first New York Times piece in 2014 and has written over a dozen essays about the pain and the politics of loss. She has a background in public health and worked internationally for several years and incorporates this into her writing/work.
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 surrounding pregnancy loss. Approximately 20% of pregnancies end in loss. Jessica hopes these messages help acknowledge pregnancy/baby loss in a meaningful way - honoring the subsequent feelings and puncturing the cultural silence. 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. Do you have a rainbow baby or are you one yourself? 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. Jessica produced a photo shoot and video series for the launch. She is now collaborating with Feminist Apparel to reach a wider audience to combat the silence, shame, and stigma. Pregnancy loss knows nothing of race, class, ethnicity, religion, or education. Through sharing our stories, we foster a greater sense of connection and community.
Jessica's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, BuzzFeed, TIME, Refinery29, Ladies' Home Journal, Glamour, Brain Child Magazine, PBS, Mashable, Modern Loss, Every Mother Counts, Goop, Mother, anthologies and elsewhere. She has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN, and NPR. Jessica earned advanced degrees from New York University and Harvard University.