Sunday 26 March 2017

'Miscarriage sympathy cards' launched to offer appropriate words of comfort to women

A sample 'miscarriage card
Credit : Dr Jessica Zucker
A sample 'miscarriage card Credit : Dr Jessica Zucker
Another example of Zucker's sympathy cards Credit: Dr Jessica Zucker

Sarah-Jane Murphy

A leading US psychologist who experienced a miscarriage three years ago has launched a collection of sympathy cards to offer appropriate words of comfort to grieving couples.

Dr. Jessica Zucker specialises in female reproductive health.

The issue became deeply personal for her when she tragically miscarried at 16 weeks in 2012.

Last year, in an article written for The New York Times, Zucker denounced the stigma of miscarriage and said that the word 'miscarriage' is used to avoid referring to the actual heartbreak involved.

Read More: Men also feel the loss of a miscarriage and their exclusion adds to women's pain

She poignantly described how she began haemorrhaging as her daughter 'slid out of her womb' at home.

Another example of Zucker's sympathy cards
Credit: Dr Jessica Zucker
Another example of Zucker's sympathy cards Credit: Dr Jessica Zucker

Zucker then found herself experiencing the world that her patients had previously described.

She recalled that well meaning sympathy cards just didn't reflect the loss that she felt.

Yesterday she launched a series of eight sympathy cards that are meant, not solely for miscarriage, but also pregnancy loss including stillbirth.

"I see these cards specifically as filling a sort of cultural conversation gap and a marketplace gap," Zucker told website Mashable.

"The sympathy cards that do exist that relate to miscarriage and pregnancy loss are not resonant for me or people I know."

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