Stomp Here is an interactive journal for people who experienced miscarriage to acknowledge and vent whatever they are feeling, whether it’s anger, frustration or sadness.
At first, we didn’t believe it. How can miscarriage affect so many people, yet so little conversation surrounds it? As we dug deeper, we realized that not only were our assumptions wrong, but there were also multiple people in our lives - family members, friends - that have suffered from miscarriage. What’s worse, up until this point, we had no idea about this. No one felt comfortable enough to talk about it, and that made people experiencing miscarriage feel even more alone.
Being women ourselves, and thinking about our own futures as potential mothers, we knew we wanted to do something about it.
Stomp Here is an interactive journal that serves as an outlet for people to release the myriad of emotions that surface as they cope with a miscarriage. Women kept telling us that well-intentioned friends would try to find the silver lining to their miscarriage, saying things like “You can always try again” or “At least it happened early.”
And it hurts.
Each page in Stomp Here includes a prompt and response - the prompt is something commonly experienced, a silver lining saying, for instance. The response is a physical action that people can do to let out their emotions. Stomp on it by yourself, with your closest friends, with your partner - the journal is meant to be flexible and used in a way that suits you.
Destroy the journal, release your emotions. Here's a sneak peek of some of the pages inside.
1) A journal for yourself or a friend
Experienced miscarriage yourself? We're here for you, and hope that this journal can help you in some way in your journey.
Know someone who has? Giving them this journal can often be a good way to tell them that you know miscarriage sucks, that they are not alone, and that you care for them.
2) Sponsor a journal
Don't have anyone in mind, but support our mission? Help sponsor a journal for an individual who could use this journal but might not be able to afford it. We already have a growing list of individuals and we are reaching out to people in support groups and online communities around the topic. We'll send it over on your behalf with a personalized note of your choosing.
3) Support the cause + sticker decal
If you empathize with how difficult this journey might be, and want to show your support for the cause, pledge and receive a Project Tulip decal from us. Keep it for yourself, or give it to a friend who might be experiencing a difficult time.
4) Get a kit of 10 journals for your group
If you are part of a miscarriage support group, or run one yourself, order 1 for each member of the group. We hope that this book can create some great conversations and be a shared experience as well.
If you need >10 journals, pledge $20 more per additional journal!
The journal in its wrecked-up form, in many senses, is a footprint of a miscarriage journey, and even though it may contain many painful moments, we hope that the journal can also represent a sense of regrowth.
For every journal you purchase, we will plant a tree in a deforested community in Ethiopia, India or Brazil (our backers will collectively choose), so that getting the journal is also an act of regeneration. We will be doing this through the incredible charity WeForest.
The prompt on each page is drawn from the real experiences of women who generously shared their stories with us, and the countless conversations we've had with them.
We've also ensured that our printer in the Bay Area understands the mission of this project, and will create each book with utmost quality and care. From the type of paper to how we want the journal to feel in your hands, we’ve made sure that Stomp Here will be a sturdy, durable book for you to destroy at your will.
We’re Laura, Maia and Gloria, Stanford product design seniors passionate about making the world a kinder and more compassionate place. We’re women, we’re daughters, we’re sisters, and each of us grew up surrounded by strong, empathetic women. Our mothers, teachers, and friends taught us the importance of supporting and listening to other women with an open mind and an open heart.
Over the past few months, we've built friendships and learned an immeasurable amount from countless women who have been generous enough to share their experiences with us. This is our way of paying their generosity forward, and we'd love for you to join us.
Learn more about our project on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our website to stay in touch. We would also love to talk at email@example.com if you would love to share your stories and experiences with us!
Risks and challenges
We've already sourced out our printer and all the pages are ready and good to go, so there's very little risk on that end.
The biggest risk we face is not having the campaign funded, so we will really appreciate your help in getting it funded so that we can get the book to you and your loved ones!
We are actively listening to our early users and community, and are still open to feedback on the journal itself. Therefore, there might be slight differences in the pictures you see here (e.g. the cover might look slightly different), but the cool thing is you get to be a part of the design journey of this journal, and we really want to talk to you!
If you have any questions, feel free to talk with us at firstname.lastname@example.org!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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