Miscarriage / reproductive loss resources

The more people I talk to, the more I realize that helpful resources for miscarriage and pregnancy loss can be hard to find when you need them. As I find things, I intend to post them here. If there have been other resources that have been helpful to you, I’d love to hear about them.

Books

About What Was Lost: 20 Writers on Miscarriage, Healing and Hope – edited by Jessica Berger Gross; I found that reading stories from other women who have been there helped me greatly. It was the very first book I found, and the stories helped me cry, laugh, and generally feel less alone.

Naming the Child: Hope-filled Reflections on Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Death – by Jenny Schroedel; This is a lovely book that offers some much-needed suggestions and helps. I would not recommend this book on its own, however, as it seems to emphasize stillbirth and infant death and sometimes make miscarriage an afterthought.

Trauma and Grace: Theology in a Ruptured World – by Serene Jones; this is a book on trauma in general, but it has a chapter that is focused on reproductive loss. I found it named the pain of loss well, and provided a beautiful theology that made space for the pain and grief while providing a comforting image of the Triune God.

Liturgies

A Liturgy for a Miscarried Child – Jason Goroncy

4 responses to “Miscarriage / reproductive loss resources

  1. I am so sorry for your loss.

    A couple more books I’ve come across that might be helpful:

    (1) Naming the Child: Hope-Filled Reflections on Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Death by Jenny Schroedel (2009) — this would be a good read for pastors, chaplains, and friends who want to know how to walk alongside grieving parents, as well as those who have themselves been bereaved by pre- or neo-natal death.

    (2) Hope Deferred: Heart-Healing Reflections of Reproductive Loss edited by Nadine Pence Frantz and Mary T. Stimming (2005) — I’m pretty sure that Serene Jones’ essay in this collection is an earlier version of the chapter that appears in Trauma and Grace.

    • Thanks, Rachel. “Naming the Child” is supposed to be in my mailbox today, so hoping to read it myself (and likely add it) in the coming week. I had not heard of “Hope Deferred” — and am now sad that my library does not have it!

  2. Such sadness but so well written. I admire your honesty in sharing x

  3. Thank you for sharing these resources. My reproductive loss story started many years ago when I was 11-years-old. I was very seriously ill and had an emergency hysterectomy performed on me in order to save my life. I grew up with infertility, and back then, no one talked about it. Thanks for sharing your experiences with others! (by the way, I’m pretty sure I work at the same agency your dad does)

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