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The #IHadAMiscariage 2018 Campaign

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano; Videos by Jaki Covington

The beginning of October marks many things, including Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, which builds visibility around an all too common devastation that so many women and families suffer. The month—and more specifically October 15th—a.k.a. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day—notes the tragic losses due to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, the death of a newborn, pregnancy loss, and other painful occurrences. To note: Approximately 1 in 4 pregnancies result in miscarriage, and 1 in 160 in stillbirth.

To help unite the millions of people who have endured such loss, Dr. Jessica Zucker, a Los Angeles-based psychologist who herself experienced a second trimester miscarriage, created the #IHadAMiscarriage campaign in 2014, which kicked off with a first-person essay in The New York Times.

Now four years in, Zucker and director Jaki Covington have created a series of touching videos that aid in and encourage women to ritualize their pregnancy/infant loss experience. “In a culture that lacks standardized rites and rituals specific to pregnancy/infant loss, this chapter of the campaign invites us to create our own,” Zucker explains. “I hope to impress upon culture that it is never too late to ritualize.”

We’re sharing two touching videos here (above & below). The rest can be found on YouTube.

To mark Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, we encourage you to watch these videos, read our stories on miscarriage, miscarriage support, and Elaina Bellis’ heartbreaking stillbirth story, as well as reach out to a friend who has suffered from the loss of a pregnancy, infant, or child.

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