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Best Books to Read After a Miscarriage

By Kelly Park
Published: February 16, 2021 | Last updated: May 14, 2021
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A list of books you can turn to for support, advice, and healing after experiencing a miscarriage.



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The experience of losing a pregnancy can be hard to process. If you are looking for help understanding what has happened, to hear that you are not alone, or are looking for hope for the future, here is a list of books that may help you on your journey to heal.

Themes: We have done our best to indicate the loss-related topics you may encounter because triggers are real.


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Books to Read After A Miscarriage



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 I Had a Miscarriage: A Memoir, a Movement Book


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I Had a Miscarriage: A Memoir, a Movement
Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.
2021

Jessica Zucker is a psychologist specializing in reproductive and maternal mental health. After miscarrying at home 16 weeks into her second pregnancy, the lens on how she approached her work and was forever changed. In I Had a Miscarriage. Dr. Zucker candidly offers her personal story and experience as a therapist to reflect on the shame, silence, and stigma surrounding reproductive loss. In an extension of her #ihadamiscarriage movement, this book calls on us to normalize miscarriage and the important conversations surrounding it.

Who is this book for?
A reader looking for empathy and empowerment after the loss of a pregnancy. If you can associate silence, shame, or stigma with the experience of pregnancy loss, this is a must-read.

Themes: Pregnancy loss, pregnancy after loss.


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Not Broken: An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss



Not Broken: An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
By Lora Shahine, MD
2017

Dr. Lora Shahine is a reproductive endocrinologist who specializes in the care and treatment of pregnancy loss. Not Broken is an evidence-based guide covering all aspects of miscarriage and pregnancy loss. The book contains the research and information Dr. Shahine wants her patients to access and is delivered in a compassionate and empathetic way.

Who is this book for?
Anyone looking for evidence-based yet accessible information on the how and why questions related to first-trimester miscarriage and first-trimester recurrent pregnancy loss. This book extends beyond coping and into genetics and treatment options. It would also be a good read for friends and family looking to show their love and support.

Themes: Pregnancy loss, recurrent miscarriage.


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All the Love: Healing Your Hear and Finding Meaning After Pregnancy Loss

By Kim Hooper, Meredith Resnick
2021

All the Love combines the personal experiences of co-author Kim Hooper and the professional insights of co-author Meredith Resnick. Topics covered include the medical aspects of loss, a prominent focus on grief, reconnecting with your partner, finding a new "normal," and getting pregnant again. It reads like a grouping of short stories with pockets of information.

Who is it for?
Some processing the experience of pregnancy loss or stillbirth.

Themes: Pregnancy loss at all stages.


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Books for Support After a Miscarriage




Not Broken Illustrated: A Gift for Those Who Have Suffered Pregnancy Loss




Not Broken Illustrated: A Gift for Those Who Have Suffered Pregnancy Loss
By Lora Shahine, MD
2018

When someone experiences pregnancy loss, it can be difficult to know what to say. This illustrated book is designed to be gifted as an offer of love and support to those who have experienced loss.


Who is it for?
Someone processing the experience of pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or infant loss.

Themes: Pregnancy loss, recurrent miscarriage.


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The Baby Loss Guide: Practical and compassionate support with a day-by-day resources to navigate the path of grief




The Baby Loss Guide: Practical and compassionate support with a day-by-day resources to navigate the path of grief
By Zoe Clarks-Coates
2021

In The Baby Loss Guide, Zoe Clarks-Coates walks through a timeline of life after baby loss. She covers treatment, practical considerations like dealing with social media, the many decisions of life beyond loss, and the thread of grief that strings it all together. The book concludes with a guided 60 days of compassionate and supportive journaling.

Who is it for:

People looking for guidance in moving forward after baby loss with interest in journaling.

Themes: Miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, neonatal loss, TOPFA.


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Books on Pregnancy After Loss



Rebirth: The Journey of Pregnancy After a Loss



Rebirth: The Journey of Pregnancy After a Loss
By Joey Miller, MSW LCSW
2020

Joey Miller is a therapist and social worker with experience in perinatal loss. In Rebirth, she provides a roadmap of the realities of trying to conceive and experiencing pregnancy after the loss of a child. Practical tips are given on ways to approach milestones after loss (the baby shower invite) and how to approach each stage of pregnancy with a focus on advocating for your needs. The real-life experiences of 25 women who have grappled with loss are woven throughout.

Who is it for?
A reader looking for perspective and tips from a therapist on approaching pregnancy—from conception through delivery and postpartum—after a previous loss of a child.

Themes: Pregnancy loss, stillbirth, neonatal loss, pregnancy after loss.


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Books on Personal Experiences With Miscarriage




What God is Honored Here?: Wringing on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Native Women and Women of Color

Edited by Shannon Gibney & Kao Kalia Yang
2019

What God is Honored Here? is a collection of essays by indigenous women and women of color that reflect on the loss, pain, and trauma of experiencing miscarriage and infant loss.

Themes: Pregnancy loss, stillbirth, infant death, ectopic pregnancy.


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Through, Not Around: Stories of Infertility and Pregnancy Loss




Through, Not Around: Stories of Infertility and Pregnancy Loss
Edited by Allison McDonald Ace, Caroline Starr, Ariel Ng Bourbonnais
2019

This collection of 22 personal stories reflects the emotional ups and downs and physical struggles resulting from infertility and pregnancy loss experiences.

Who is this book for?
Readers looking to engage with raw and honest first-person experiences with infertility and loss. Infertility has a significant presence in the book.

Themes: Infertility, IVF, miscarriage, second-trimester miscarriage, donor conception, pregnancy after infertility, pregnancy after loss. Some stories end with the birth of a child.


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You Are Not Alone: Love Letters From Loss Mom to Loss Mom



You Are Not Alone: Love Letters From Loss Mom to Loss Mom
By Emily R Long
2016

This simple book contains letters of love and support from moms who have experienced loss to other loss moms.

Who is it for?
A reader who has experienced loss and needs to know that they are not the only person who has felt so broken.



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Children's Books About Miscarriage


My Sibling Still


My Sibling Still
Megan Lacourrege

My Sibling Still is an illustrated children's book that walks a child through the emotions they may experience after losing a sibling.

Who's it for?

Children who have lost a sibling to miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal death.


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Something Happened




Something Happened
By Cathy Blanford
2019

Something Happened is an illustrated children's book for children and their parents who have experienced pregnancy loss. It focuses on processing emotions and how life continues, but the baby is still remembered.

Who is it for?

Younger siblings needing to understand why the baby is not here.


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Kelly Park is the founder and editor-in-chief of FertilitySmarts. She is passionate about fertility education and shining light on the many ways people can become parents. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a Master of Education degree in Educational Policy from the University of Alberta. She is a firm believer in the FertilitySmarts mission to help people get smart about their fertility.

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