I Had a Miscarriage: A Memoir, A Movement is a powerful and poignant read that offers comfort, validation, and a call to action for anyone touched by pregnancy loss.

I Had A Miscarriage: A Memoir, A Movement by Dr. Jessica Zucker - a book review

Dr. Jessica Zucker’s memoir, I Had a Miscarriage: A Memoir, A Movement, is a must-read for anyone who has experienced the heartbreak of pregnancy loss, including miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death.

In her memoir, Dr. Jessica Zucker offers a deeply moving and insightful perspective on the topic of reproductive loss as she pens about her own pain after the traumatic miscarriage of her second pregnancy at 16 weeks pregnant. At the same time as her miscarriage, she is also immersed in the pain of others going through reproductive loss within her clinical practice.

Zucker’s unique perspective as both a psychologist specializing in reproductive loss and a woman who miscarried herself fosters a deep sense of understanding for readers. She doesn’t just talk about the pain; she shares her own raw emotions, allowing readers to feel truly seen and validated in their grief. The book delves beyond Zucker’s personal experience. She weaves in stories from her clients, creating a tapestry of shared experience that dismantles the silence and stigma often surrounding miscarriage.

“We can be hurt and healing simultaneously. We can be grateful for what we have and angry about what we don’t at the exact same time. We can dive deep into the pit of our pain and not forget the beauty our life maintains. We can hold both.”

Moving beyond her own story, Zucker advocates for open dialogue about the multifaceted grief following pregnancy loss.

This extends beyond individual healing – she emphasizes the need for societal change. Zucker argues that openly discussing the often-silenced pain of motherhood, including pregnancy loss, is crucial for both personal and collective growth. By shattering this silence, we can build a more supportive and empathetic environment for everyone facing this challenging path.

I Had A Miscarriage is deeply validating and comforting. Zucker writes, “We aren’t necessarily meant to ‘move on’ from these life-altering moments in a linear way. It is in fact normative, natural, and okay—more than okay—to sit in our grief, even when it feels as sharp as the day it first touched us. We aren’t supposed to ‘move on,’ ‘be positive,’ or ‘push ahead’ overnight.” If you want to feel like someone just “gets you” after you have experienced pregnancy loss, miscarriage, or even stillbirth and infant death, Dr. Jessica Zucker’s book will speak directly to your broken heart and say, “You are not alone.”

Get a copy of I Had A Miscarriage: A Memoir, A Movement for yourself or as a gift. Available at Amazon and Bookshop.org.

About the Author

Dr. Jessica Zucker bio

Dr. Jessica Zucker is a Los Angeles-based psychologist specializing in reproductive and maternal mental health. Jessica is the author of the award-winning book I HAD A MISCARRIAGE: A Memoir, a Movement and the creator of the #IHadaMiscarriage campaign. Her second book NORMALIZE IT: Upending the Silence, Stigma, and Shame that Pervade Women’s Lives is due out in 2025. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, New York Magazine, Harvard Business Review, Vogue, Vogue UK, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Marie Claire, InStyle, Vox, NBC, TIME, VICE, ELLE, SELF, SHAPE, BuzzFeed, Allure, Oprah Daily, Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, AFAR, The Telegraph, Good Housekeeping, Refinery29, Parents, and elsewhere. She has been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, and NPR. Jessica earned advanced degrees from New York University and Harvard University.


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