Celebrating Rainbow Babies | Pregnancy After Loss


Dr. Jessica Zucker is back on Atomic Moms. As a Los Angeles-based psychologist and writer specializing in women's reproductive and maternal mental health, Dr. Zucker is a leading voice in miscarriage and pregnancy loss awareness. When her @ihadamiscarriage Instagram account was named “the bravest use of social media” by Women’s Health Magazine U.K., she shared,

"My personal experience was a way to model for other women around the world that there is absolutely no shame in loss."

We discuss her own experience as a rainbow mother and offer guidance to a listener, Sarah, struggling with prenatal anxiety after loss.

"... the guilt, sadness and fear caused by what happened last time are stopping me from truly enjoying this new pregnancy, from connecting to my baby and being fully present. What is your advice to new parents who are preparing for the arrival of a new baby while dealing with so many fears and feelings?” 

But first a remarkable mother of two shares her own journey with grief after the termination of a much wanted pregnancy and the unexpected way she found help to emotionally heal. She's definitely my mom hero of the week.

This episode is for all mothers and a testament to the strength and openheartedness of our listener community. And we stand in solidarity with these women.

xx Ellie

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About Our Podcast Guests:


"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." -DrJessicaZucker.com

Special thanks to our Hurricane Harvey fundraising raffle winner and podcast listener Sarah Planchon. When I reached out to ask her if I could get an expert to answer a question - any question - she inspired this episode.  Sarah was born in Paris and moved to NYC after graduating high school to study acting. She now lives in Woodstock, NY where she teaches French to children through acting, art and games, while developing her wellness/health coaching business.  (instagram: @sarah.planchon). Sarah, congratulations on your rainbow pregnancy!