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Episode 70: Life After Pregnancy Losses featuring Kim Hooper

Before Kim Hooper endured pregnancy loss herself she wondered if women experiencing miscarriages might have had a part to play in their loss—maybe they didn’t eat the right things or didn’t manage stress well, maybe it was their fault. As her own losses began accumulating and she understood the randomness of miscarriage, the unpredictability of pregnancy overwhelmed her and fear took over. As her sense of control over her body and her future seemed to spin out she grappled with questions of whether or not she was cut out to be a mother, if she deserved a baby at all.

Years passed and as she began to understand her grief better and let go of blame, she saw that she wasn’t ready to give up on having a baby and tried again. She is the co-author of the new book All the Love: Healing Your Heart and Finding Meaning After Pregnancy Loss and joins And Then Everything Changed on the eve of her book release to share her story, discuss the harmful clinical language around pregnancy loss, and how to best support grieving parents.

Kim Hooper is the co-author of All the Love: Healing Your Heart and Finding Meaning After Pregnancy Loss, which will be released on March 23. She is also the author of 5 novels. Her debut, People Who Knew Me, was hailed by the Wall Street Journal as “refreshingly raw and honest.” Her fifth novel, No Hiding in Boise, will be released on June 15. Kim lives in Southern California with her husband, daughter, and a collection of pets.

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I’m a writer, a teacher, a native New Yorker, and I love hearing about people’s lives. When I think back to my elementary school days at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens whenever we began social studies or a history lesson I wasn’t that interested in learning about battles, topography, or politics. What I wanted to know was how people lived: What their families were like, how they adapted to their circumstances, what they ate, how they celebrated, how they felt.
 
Sociology became my major at Binghamton University and in my life so far I’ve been an actress, a salesperson, a Zoo Keeper’s Aid, a volunteer animal trainer, an ELL teacher, a mother, and a wife. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had, all of which led me to create this podcast which is one of the most rewarding projects I’ve undertaken. I couldn’t ask for a better job than having in-depth conversations with survivors, thought leaders, authors, social justice warriors, and people who believe that we are all connected and then getting to share their stories, insight, and vulnerability with listeners.
 
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