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Sisters in Loss podcast spotlights faith filled black women who share their grief and loss stories and testimonies. Black women experience miscarriage and stillbirth two times more than white women according to the National Institutes of Health. Whether you have experienced a miscarriage, infant l…

Erica M. McAfee


    • Sep 21, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    • 274 EPISODES

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    272 - REWIND - PCOS, Thyroid Removal, and Miscarriage with Sasha Palin

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 32:17


    After being diagnosed with PCOS and having her thyroid removed today's guest knew there would be challenges to becoming a mother.  Without trying Sasha Palin was able to get pregnant.  Unfortunately at 7 weeks she began spotting and miscarried at 9 weeks.  Sasha did not receive favorable care as a result of her miscarriage, no sympathy, being brushed off, and no one there to explain exactly what was happening to her body.  She felt alone. In this episode Sasha takes us back to those moments of pain of miscarrying at home, she shares what PCOS and thyroid removal and the miracle conception, and how she researched and learned to advocate for herself and is now becoming a Doula with Sisters in Loss. This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced not being listened to or acknowledged during childbirth including miscarriage.  This episode is for you to listen to if you are interested in becoming a Sisters in Loss doula. Listen to this episode here: sistersinloss.com/links   Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    271 - Expectful App for Pregnancy Loss and Trying to Conceive with Nathalie Walton

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 23:44


    Have you practiced mindful meditation? Well your time to do so is now using the Expectful app. What is Expectful? It is the mental health app for use before, during, and after pregnancy. Including Pregnancy Loss, Infertility, and Trying to Conceive. In today's episode, we have on Expectful's CEO, Nathalie Walton to share how meditation saved her pregnancy, her transition into being an app user to now CEO, Black women in Tech and why this app is for Black women, and the evolution and future of Expectful. Listen to this episode here: sistersinloss.com/links Download Expectful now! Expectful Helping Hands Link Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter  

    270 - PCOS, Infertility, and Trying to Conceive with Nkemka Egbuho

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 33:53


    Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormone disorder in women that is also the leading cause of female infertility. September is recognized as PCOS awareness month. PCOS is one of the most underdiagnosed diseases in the world, with less than 25% of women with PCOS being diagnosed. Today's guest was diagnosed with PCOS after experiencing a missed miscarriage. Nkemka Egbuho has been trying to conceive for 2 years battling infertility.  In this episode she shares how it hasn't been easy to see others celebrating while she waits.  Nkemka shares how she is preparing her body and mind for a IUI treatment with the hopes of conceiving this year. This episode is for you to listen to if you have ever doubted yourself on this journey. For show notes go to sistersinloss.com/ep270 Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    269 - REWIND - From Miscarriages to Mobile App Poppy Seed Health with Simmone Taitt

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 47:37


    After experiencing multiple miscarriages today's guest found herself on Dr. Google to find comfort.  She found exactly what she was seeking an online doula board which inspired her to become a birth doula.  Today's guest is one of the 100+ Black women founders that have raised over 1 million dollars in capital.  She has leveraged the power of technology to bring together womxn seeking emotional and mental health support during their pregnancy and postpartum journey together into a trusted and safe digital space. Simmone Taitt is the Founder & CEO of Poppy Seed Health, is on a mission to bring together womxn from pregnancy through postpartum.  After an isolating experience with her doctor, Simmone sought comfort and community. She quickly saw the lack of emotional and mental health support for womxn going through the life changing experience of having children and sought to rectify it. Her company is transforming the way care is delivered by providing 24/7 on-demand text access to doulas, midwives, and nurses — and it's working, especially during the COVID era, when she's seen a 140% increase in business. A sales, innovation, and growth strategy leader, Simmone spent 14 years building high growth startups before starting Poppy Seed Health. In today's episode we discuss the story behind her company, from the first product iteration to fundraising during a worldwide pandemic, her work as a doula, and how Poppy Seed Health mission goes beyond pregnancy including loss, grief, trying to conceive and fertility. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    268 - REWIND Women of Color App for Pregnancy and Postpartum Wolomi with Layo George

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 35:04


    Have you been searching for an app for your pregnancy after loss?  Well there is an online app that is for you called Wolomi. Wolomi is the only digital community that offers support to women of color to improve maternal health outcomes. Membership to Wolomi gives you access to maternal health experts, events, and a community of amazing women. Today's guest is Wolomi's founder Layo George, who is a registered nurse and maternal health expert that is focused on guiding and supporting aspiring moms and moms-to-be to enjoy their pregnancy journey. In this episode Layo shares her inspiration for starting Wolomi, her personal journey through perinatal depression, and why Wolomi addresses maternal mental health at all stages through pregnancy and postpartum.  

    267- REWIND- Myomectomy, Transabdominal Cerclage, and Faith after Loss with Dr. Shabnam Brady

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 55:39


    ave you heard of a Myomectomy procedure? Myomectomy is a surgical procedure to remove uterine fibroids. These common noncancerous growths appear in the uterus. Uterine fibroids usually develop during childbearing years, but they can occur at any age. Women of Color have the highest occurrence of fibroids in up to 90% of black women before age of 50.   Today's guest experienced an untimely loss at 22 weeks of baby girl Alexandria Shah due to preterm labor and cervical insufficiency.  Dr. Shabnam Brady began to research for answers why and what could possibly have happened.  She went to several specialist doctors and conducted months of research. She and her husband decided to undergo a myomectomy to remove fibroids and went to Chicago to undergo a Transabdominal Cerclage procedure due to her cervical insufficiency.  Last Summer, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Shabnam for dinner while she was pregnant with her miracle Faith.  In this episode, Shabnam takes us back to her making the decision for both procedures: the myomectomy and transabdominal cerclage, how her Faith after loss was during her rainbow baby pregnancy, and how therapy and mental health played a major role in her healing. This episode is for you to listen to if you have considered a myomectomy or transabdominal cerclage procedures.  This episode is for you to listen to on how to research your options and choose the best specialist or therapist for you after loss.   Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    266 - REWIND - Birthing Son and Losing Son on Same Day with Shana Anderson

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 79:41


    Imagine birthing your rainbow baby and losing your first born on the same day!? Today's episode is one that hits close to home as her story is very similar to my own. I would be lying to you if I didn't say I cried throughout this entire interview and hours afterward. This episode is a trigger, so please grab some tissue, and brace yourself as you embark on this woman's journey to motherhood. Shana Anderson experienced a placenta abruption with her first born son Bryce, and he was later diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and chronic lung disease. She then went onto having a stillbirth at 34 weeks with baby girl Aleeya. After experiencing what seemed like a year full of hospitalizations with Bryce she planned a Make a Wish trip to Disney World and found out she was expecting her third baby. In June 2020, Shana gave birth to her rainbow baby boy Brayden, and later that evening her son Bryce passed away. In this episode, Shana is raw as it is weeks after laying her son Bryce to rest. She takes us back to the day of great joy and deep sorrow of birthing a son and losing a son. Shana is taking it one day at a time and literally spoke life over herself, her womb, and baby Brayden as he was growing in her belly while taking care of a medically fragile toddler. This episode is for you to listen to if you want to know what God's grace and mercy looks like on earth in the form of strength and resilience. This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced a placenta abruption, stillbirth, or pregnancy after loss. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    265 - 5 Year Podcast Anniversary! What's next with Sisters in Loss?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 51:27


    On August 2, 2017 we released our first episode of the Sisters in Loss Podcast.  Today, we celebrate 5 Years of this podcast and community. In today's solo episode, Erica McAfee, Sisters in Loss Founder shares: The History of Sisters in Loss Black Maternal Health Crisis and Roe vs. Wade Community Building in the last 5 Years What's Next for Sisters in Loss? Her personal journey and how this podcast saved her This podcast is for you to listen to find out where Sisters in Loss is going in 2023 and beyond. Listen to this episode here: sistersinloss.com/ep265 Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    264 - Triplet Loss and Grandmother's Story with Alicia Harris

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 58:07


    Have you ever heard the perspective of loss from a grandmother?   Today's episode features the story of triplet loss of Alicia Harris grandbabies.  She is joined by her daughter who both highlight and share their experiences of the journey to motherhood.  This episode is for you to listen to if you want to hear the loss perspective of a mother and grandmother, how they overcame grief together, and how a rainbow baby grounded their mother daughter relationship.   Listen to this episode here: sistersinloss.com/ep263 Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    263 - Medical Negligence and Sebastien's Smile Foundation with Audri Cabness and Family

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 50:16


    Have you ever heard the perspective of loss from a grandmother, sibling, or cousin?   Today's episode features the story of Audri Cabness's son Sebastien who was fatally injured and died to due to medical negligence in 2016. This catastrophic incident let Audri and her family to start a foundation called Sebastien's smile in his honor.  Audri also has a family healing book called “Scootie Toots and the Feathers from Heaven” to help other families from parents to children begin to cope with grief that comes with child loss.   In this episode Audri is joined by her mom and cousin to share how the foundation was started, their roles in the foundation, and to share Sebastien's story.  This episode is special because you get to hear and see Audri's mom and cousin and how they supported her through the loss of Sebastien and how they are living his legacy. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    262 - REWIND Sonhara Eastman's Black Girls Guide to Fertility and Why our Stories need to be told!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 30:38


    There is a new webseries that has been all the buzz on Instagram, and its called Black Girls Guide to Fertility, created, written, and based on Sonhara' Eastman's own battle with infertility. Black Girls Guide to Fertility tackles infertility in a profoundly intimate way that's both dramatic and comedic without ever feeling rigid. It focuses on Ava, a 37-year old romance novelist, who faded into obscurity after finding love–and now finds herself on the rise again after self-publishing a diary detailing her fertility woes. Each episode is a recreation of Ava's diary entry, adding a unique and compelling touch to the everyday struggle of infertility. I had the pleasure of prescreening the first two episodes and when I tell you, you do not want to miss this webseries. In this episode we discuss Sonhara's vision, her personal infertility battle, and what is next with Black Girls Guide to Fertility. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    261 - Missed Miscarriage and Fertility Treatments with Whitney McCoy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 27:36


    Have you heard of the term Missed Miscarriage?   A missed miscarriage is when a baby has died in the womb, but the mother hasn't had any symptoms, such as bleeding or pain. Any type of miscarriage can cause shock, but a missed miscarriage can be particularly difficult because of the lack of symptoms.   Today's guest experienced a missed miscarriage and has battled infertility.  Whitney McCoy is a wife, mom, and business owner of beauty brand NoirGirlbyJWhit and is a miscarriage survivor.  She went through 2 rounds of fertility treatments and IUI one that lead to a missed miscarriage.  In today's episode she shares her journey to motherhood, her missed miscarriage, and her beauty business.     Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    260 - 14 losses and Overcoming Grief moving towards Healing with Turia West

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 43:05


    Do you know what TFMR or Termination for Medical Reasons is?   Termination for Medical Reasons, or TFMR, is when a pregnancy is terminated due to a chromosomal, genetic or structural fetal abnormality, or where continuing the pregnancy would risk the health or life of the mother.   Today's guest experienced 14 losses.  Yes, this isn't a typo.  Turia West is a wife and mom and is still on the journey of healing from grief and profound loss.  She gave birth to a healthy baby girl in 2008 and then went onto have a 16 week twin loss in 2013.  This twin loss revealed the balanced chromosome translocation.  This means that a piece of one chromosome breaks off and attaches to another chromosome. Sections of 2 chromosomes hence switched places.  Turia has this same translocation and learned that this could potenitally lead to miscarriage up to 50%.  Turia continue to try to grow her family and suffered more losses and miscarriages along the way.   In today's episode, Turia shares her journey through IVF, getting an amniocentesis to confirm unbalanced chromosome translocation and being offered to Terminate for Medical Reasons (TFMR), but her and her husband decided against it.   This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced profound losses, TFMR, IVF, or want to learn how to overcome profound grief and loss and work towards your healing.   Listen to this episode here: sistersinloss.com/ep260

    259 - 10 Years of Male Factor Infertility, Missed Miscarriage and Twin Loss with Senoria Cain

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 33:58


    Today's guest experienced secondary infertility due to male factor.  Senoria Cain is wife and mom to a 13 year old daughter.  She always knew her husband had a low sperm count and was able to see a urologist who recommended surgery to assist.  After 10 years of no protection and experiencing secondary infertility she was able to get pregnant.  At 12 weeks she was able to see the doctor for an ultrasound and found out she was having twins, but also that she was miscarrying them. Senoria had a missed miscarriage and took medicine to birth her babies opting out of a D&C.  In this episode she takes us back on her journey to motherhood with her daughter, losing twins, postpartum recovery, cycle changes with grief, and moving forward with the possibility of trying again. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter  

    258 - REWIND - Trauma after loss due to PPROM and Inadequate Maternal Health Care with Kimi Farrington

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 28:05


    257 - Miscarriage and Single Motherhood with Kourtney Mcgowan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 36:28


    Today's guest is a doula, student midwife, and single mother who has experienced racial disparities in the hospital that has affected her and her son.  Kourtney Mcgowan experienced a miscarriage after thinking she wouldn't be able to conceive anymore children due to her endometriosis diagnosis.  In today's episode she takes us back on her journey, the prejudice she faced, and how being a single mother is challenging, especially raising a Black son. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    256 - LGBTQ+, IVF, and 2nd Trimester Loss with Dr. Gloria Pope

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 31:30


    The road to parenthood looks different for many of us Sisters in Loss.  This can be especially difficult for our masculine presenting LGBTQ+ sisters.  Today's guest has experienced parenthood in many forms, from step kids, birthing her own with a sperm donor, IVF, loss, and a successful birth with her partner.   Dr. Gloria Pope began to document her journey through her partner's fertility treatments and IVF loss experience.  She realized the importance of sharing her perspective as a partner and documented this in her book Hero: Memoirs of Infertility.     In today's episode, Gloria shares her different perspectives on parenthood including carrying her own son via a sperm donor, being a supportive partner to her wife who lost a baby at 18 weeks via IVF, and then having a successful pregnancy of her daughter through another round of IVF.  She shares her journey as a part of the LGBTQ+ community, how she was treated while pregnant with her son, how she supported her partner through infertility and IVF, and how parenthood is shared between both partners.   This episode is for you to listen if you identify with LGBTQ+, want to hear the perspective of someone who has given birth and supported their partner through loss and IVF, and want to be empowered about how to combat systemic racism for those masculine presenting in our healthcare system. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    255 - Turning Child Loss into Sunsets with Ariane Oyere

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 44:53


    Motherhood is what today's guest calls a “Rites of Passage” to the best hoods on Mother Earth.  Ariane Oyere is a wife and mother of 7.  She experience the lost of her 3rd born at 9 years old and then two miscarriages after his Sunset.  Her babies she refers to as the Summer Solstice.    In this episode, Oyere takes us back to her greatest obstacles in losing her Sunsets.  She reframes child loss and miscarriage into sunset experiences.  We also discuss lactation through bereavement and other spiritual modalities for healing. This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced a miscarriage or loss and want to learn how to reframe your thinking into naming them sunset experiences.     Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    254 - Termination for Medical Reasons (TFMR) with Hadeer El Hindawi

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 40:26


    Have you heard of the term Termination for Medical Reasons (TFMR)? Termination for Medical Reasons, or TFMR, is when a pregnancy is terminated due to a chromosomal, genetic or structural fetal abnormality, or where continuing the pregnancy would risk the health or life of the mother. Today's guest was able to conceive her first child naturally and had a healthy pregnancy and delivery. The journey to baby number two has been full of loss and heartbreak. Hadeer El Hindawi had 4 consecutive losses including a miscarriage, TFMR, another miscarriage, and a stillborn full term baby. The last pregnancy was a frozen embryo transfer via IVF after being diagnosed with low ovarian reserve and her partner has high DNA fragmentation. In this episode, we discuss how she has coped and grieved with secondary infertility and these consecutive losses, how she has hope, and how she is moving forward in spite of her current circumstances. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    253 - Educating on Fertility via TikTok from Embryologist Alease Daniel

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 18:43


    Are you following @aleasetheembryologist on IG and TikTok?  Well if you're not you should. Alease has gone viral and has gained a following on TikTok for sharing education on working in reproductive health.  She is an embryologist and everyday she works with Trying to Conceive (TTC) patients to bring peace of mind on their fertility journey's.     In today's episode we discuss how she has gone viral on TikTok, her passion for reproductive health and education, and how as Women of Color we aren't taken seriously in White Male dominated fields.   This episode is for you to listen to if you want to learn more about the IVF process, what an embryologist does, and fertility and reproductive education.   Listen to this episode here: sistersinloss.com/ep253 Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    252 - Mother's Day is HARD!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 14:32


    Mother's Day is HARD! This upcoming Sunday and Second Sunday in May, the world stops to honor and celebrate moms around the world. Families splurge on greeting cards, flowers, gifts, fun traditions, and lavish meals to show the motherly figures in their lives how much they are loved. I can't think of anyone more deserving on Mother's Day than a mother who had to give her child back. Today's episode is a solo episode and I share ways you can honor your angel this Mother's Day! Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    251 - Miscarriage Survivor and the Power of Healing with Simbi Animashaun

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 41:22


    After having suffered multiple miscarriages for two years due to Fibroids, today's guess used her faith and determination to heal from her losses and continue her journey to becoming a mother. Simbi Animashaun was determined to become a mother after her miscarriages and went onto have three children who are her rainbow babies.  In today's episode Simbi shares her struggles with pregnancy loss, being a miscarriage survivor, and how she leaned on God for understanding.   This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced fibroids, infertility, and painful periods and how to achieve health and wellness on your journey to motherhood.   Listen to this episode here: sistersinloss.com/ep252   Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    250 - Endometriosis, low AMH, Placenta Previa, and Filling Empty Wombs with Sandra Elidor

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 41:48


    What Does Having Low AMH Levels Mean?   Having low AMH levels can indicate that your ovaries are producing less of the preantral follicles. This is important as the fewer the number of follicles there are means there are less that can be stimulated for assisted contraception.   Today's guest suffered from endometriosis for 21 years before being properly diagnosed. Sandra Elidor also found out she had low AMH at age 30.  With Endo she had two surgeries, 1 fallopian tube, 1 successful IVF cycle, and 1 miscarriage. Sandra gave birth to her son at 29 weeks after weeks of bed rest due to placenta previa.  During her 2nd IVF treatment, she found out she was no longer a candidate for IVF due to her low AMH levels.  After which she suffered a miscarriage.     In today's episode Sandra takes us on her journey to parenting, how she started her non-profit Filling Empty Wombs on Clubhouse, and supporting other families on this infertility and loss journey.   Listen to this episode here: sistersinloss.com/ep250  

    249 - Low Amniotic Fluid and Infant Loss with Christina Danyo

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 40:53


    Have you heard of the term Oligohydramnios? Low amniotic fluid (oligohydramnios) is a condition in which the amniotic fluid measures lower than expected for a baby's gestational age. Today's guest was preparing to conceive and had a myomectomy to remove her fibroids. Christina Danyo learned she was expecting after her fibroid surgery. During her 20 week anatomy scan she learned that her baby girl's kidneys did not develop and was covered in cysts. Her daughter was diagnosed with Oligohdramnios or low/no amniotic fluid and her lungs also did not develop. Christina was faced with the decision with the diagnosis not compatible with life. In this episode, we discuss the decision she and her husband made to carry to full term, she delivered her baby girl via C-section at 37 weeks, preparation for delivering a baby given a fatal diagnosis, and her time spent honoring her angel during her less than 2 hour life and beyond. Listen to this episode here: sistersinloss.com/ep249 Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    248 – 2nd Trimester Loss at 19 Weeks and Wonderpuff with Jackie Morin

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 29:01


    Today's guest knows what it feels to be down and depressed after trauma.  This lead her to making cotton candy and learned to detach herself from other people's pain, but also carry their spirits with me to rediscover joy by bringing it to others.  Jackie Morin is the founder of Wonderpuff a small cotton candy business based in Durham, North Carolina.  She and her husband began to expand their family and lost her daughter at 19 weeks.  In this episode, we discuss how being black and Muslim played a role in her birthing experience, how she coped with the trauma of losing her daughter, and hope she has in her small business and growing her family. Listen to this episode here: sistersinloss.com/ep248 Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    247 – Ectopic Pregnancy, 8 Pregnancy Losses, and Hope to become a Mother of Living Child with Deze

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 28:25


    246 - Losing a Baby at 37 Weeks with LaQuasha Jarvis

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 31:10


    Can you imagine going through an entire pregnancy and losing your baby so close to birth? Today's guest experienced that and more.  LaQuasha Jarvis had her first baby at 20 and 5 months later was pregnant with her second child.  At 37 weeks the unthinkable happened when she lost her baby so close to delivery. In this episode LaQuasha shares how she fights daily through her loss, how she went on to have 3 more rainbow babies, and how she is turning her pain into purpose by becoming a Doula. This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced loss in the third trimester and are holding onto hope for your rainbow baby. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    245 - Miscarriage and Adventures of Grief Girl with D. Anaya

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 23:36


    Today's guest has been on a journey of grief.  She experienced the loss of her first pregnancy with a miscarriage, the death of her eldest daughter, and in her final pregnancy another miscarriage.  Anaya shares in this episode how she has been on this journey of grief and tells her adventures exploring her grief as an artist, grief guide, and loss doula through adventures of grief girl. This episode is for you to listen to if you have experience a miscarriage and child loss. Listen to this episode here: sistersinloss.com/ep245  

    244 - IVF, PCOS, and Blocked Fallopian Tubes with Tanerra Willis

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 28:41


    243 - Surrogacy and Infertility and The Colorless Womb with Kimberly Gowdy

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2022 23:37


    After a long journey with infertility, today's guest shares her early struggles to conceive and carry a child to term, her journey in search of alternative ways to have a family, and racial and societal pressures of parenthood and love.   Kimberly Gowdy experienced the loss of multiple pregnancies, and was in an unstable marriage peppered with spousal abuse and addiction.  In today's episode she takes us back on her journey to motherhood that was filled with loss, tears, doubt, heartache, and ultimate joy of remarriage and her rainbow son.   This episode is for you to listen to if you have given up on hope on your journey to becoming a mother and need a hope lift and inspiration. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    242 – Double Uterus and Double Cervix and Hope Still Stands with La-Anna Douglass

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 29:45


    Have you heard of having a double uterus or double cervix?  The term is Uterine didelphys is a rare condition that happens when you grow two uteruses instead of one. This happens when you are a developing baby. You are born with it. ‌ While developing as babies, girls typically grow a uterus from two channels called the Mullerian ducts. Today's guest was born with a didelphys uterus after 3 laparoscopic surgeries it was confirmed she also had endometriosis, fibroids, and polycystic ovarian syndrome.  That did not stop today's guest from trying to conceive.  La-Anna Douglass began fertility treatments with drugs and still was unable to conceive.  She decided to try IVF and IVF did not work for her leaving her depressed and heartbroken.  In today's episode La-Anna shares her journey to conceiving a baby naturally after 8 years of trying to conceive and her current journey through secondary infertility. This podcast is for you to listen to to learn more about a double uterus and double cervix, but also if you have any underlying conditions like endometriosis, fibriods, and pcos. Listen to this episode here: sistersinloss.com/ep242 Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    241 - Ectopic Pregnancy, Fallopian Tube Rupture, and “Why did this happen to me”? with Ashlee Epps

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 38:00


    Have you heard of an Ectopic Pregnancy? An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants and grows outside the main cavity of the uterus. An ectopic pregnancy most often occurs in a fallopian tube, which carries eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. This type of ectopic pregnancy is called a tubal pregnancy. Today's guest experienced an ectopic pregnancy that was discovered during her first prenatal visit and would need surgery.  The morning of her surgery date her fallopian tube ruptured causing internal bleeding and changed her.  Ashlee Epps found out she was pregnant with her second baby after losing her job, being in law school, and her husband's work hours being reduced.  She was stressed with all that was going on in her life.  After losing her baby she went through a “why” and denial period and felt very alone. In today's episode, Ashlee shares how her faith was tested after her loss, how she had to navigate through grief while being a wife, mom, and student, and how her healing journey has been filled with lessons of love and learning about herself. Today's episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced an ectopic pregnancy and if you have ever questioned why this happened to me? Listen to this episode here: sistersinloss.com/ep241

    240 - Endometriosis, Infertility, and Congenital Heart Disease and Infant Loss with Jamala Arland

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2022 35:41


    Congenital heart disease is a general term for a range of birth defects that affect the normal way the heart works. The term "congenital" means the condition is present from birth.  Today's guest was diagnosed with Endometriosis and after many years of fertility treatments including IVF her first child Jasper died in her arms 30 hours after he was born from congenital heart disease.  Coping with the grief of child loss at the onset of a global pandemic has made, Jamala Arland passionate about supporting the community for bereaved mothers and normalizing grief through writing and speaking engagements.   In todays episode, Jamala shares her journey through endometriosis, infertility, and finding out how her son had congenital heart disease.  This episode is for you to listen to if you have battled infertility and infant loss. Watch this episode here: sistersinloss.tv Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    239 – Foster Care to Adoption after failed IVF with Juauna Lewis

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 36:03


    Not all fertility treatments end in success.  Some end in undetermined infertility and unsuccessful IUI and IVF cycles. Today's guest experienced unexplained infertility and underwent fertility treatments.  After going through an IUI and 2 IVF cycles that were unsuccessful, she and her husband decided to take a break from fertility treatments and decided to adopt.  The adoption process was an immediate success.  Juauna Lewis decided to try another IVF round, but that was also unsuccessful.  To continue to grow her family, she turned to foster care to adoption and added another two boys to her family.  Juauna is now the mom to 3 sweet little boys who she considers the pot of gold at the end of her rainbow of failed fertility treatments and losses. In today's episode we discuss her decision to stop fertility treatments and turn to adoption, why foster to adoption is another option to growing your family, and how motherhood is not defined if you birth children from your body. This episode is for you to listen to if you have had a failed IVF experience, are curious about adoption or fostering to adopt, and for inspiration that motherhood comes in many forms even if you don't birth the baby. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    238 - Micropreemies, Infertility, and Preparing for next round of IVF with Diane Olusada

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 43:14


    Have you heard of the term micropreemie? A micropreemie is a baby that is born before the 26th week of pregnancy or weighs less than 28 ounces. Today's guest is a mother of two an angel baby and rainbow baby both who were micropreemies born before 26 weeks.  Diane Olusado combatted infertility with professional help for 4 years.  After 7 failed IUIs and 1 failed IVF cycle she had a successful transfer and gave birth to her baby at 23 weeks and 5 days.  Alayo died in the NICU after living for 9 days.  Diane went onto another round of IVF that was successful and had her rainbow baby Iyanu at 26 weeks and 2 days and spent 108 days in the NICU. In todays episode, Diane shares her journey through infertility and loss and how she is preparing for her next IVF or Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET). This episode is for you to listen to if you have battled infertility and are also preparing for your next FET and IVF cycle. Listen to this episode here: sistersinloss.com/ep238 Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    ep237 - “There is nothing we can do” Miscarriage and Elijah Broke the Gate with Jessica Jackson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 24:06


    There is nothing we can do” the 6 words us @sistersinloss dreads to hear. How many of us have heard “There is nothing we can do” after a doctor's appointment or emergency room visit? Today's guest experienced a miscarriage at 7 weeks and was told “there is nothing we can do.” Elijah's passing was traumatic.  Jessica Jackson could not comprehend that statement.  She saw Elijah in a dream and writing became her grief therapy. “Elijah Broke the Gate” is a book of performance pieces based on true child loss, miscarriage, and regretted abortion experiences.  In today's episode, Jessica shares her traumatic birthing experience of miscarriage and her inspiration for her book “Elijah's Broke the Gate.” Today's episode is for you to listen to if you have ever been told “there is nothing we can do” and experienced a miscarriage or pregnancy loss.   Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    ep236 - From Miscarriages to Mobile App Poppy Seed Health with Simmone Taitt

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 47:37


    After experiencing multiple miscarriages today's guest found herself on Dr. Google to find comfort.  She found exactly what she was seeking an online doula board which inspired her to become a birth doula.  Today's guest is one of the 100+ Black women founders that have raised over 1 million dollars in capital.  She has leveraged the power of technology to bring together womxn seeking emotional and mental health support during their pregnancy and postpartum journey together into a trusted and safe digital space. Simmone Taitt is the Founder & CEO of Poppy Seed Health, is on a mission to bring together womxn from pregnancy through postpartum.  After an isolating experience with her doctor, Simmone sought comfort and community. She quickly saw the lack of emotional and mental health support for womxn going through the life changing experience of having children and sought to rectify it. Her company is transforming the way care is delivered by providing 24/7 on-demand text access to doulas, midwives, and nurses — and it's working, especially during the COVID era, when she's seen a 140% increase in business. A sales, innovation, and growth strategy leader, Simmone spent 14 years building high growth startups before starting Poppy Seed Health. In today's episode we discuss the story behind her company, from the first product iteration to fundraising during a worldwide pandemic, her work as a doula, and how Poppy Seed Health mission goes beyond pregnancy including loss, grief, trying to conceive and fertility. Listen to this episode here: sistersinloss.com/ep236 Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    ep235 - Gestational Carriers and Surrogacy Miracles with Shadina Blunt

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 26:52


    Shadina Blunt is a two-time gestational carrier, most notably for Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Kandi Burrus and her husband Todd Tucker of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Shadina came forward with her story along with the Tuckers, and is now known as the face of surrogacy. Shadina released her first book in December 2021, a children's book entitled Miracle Motherhood: Mary's Gift of Life. This self-published, beautifully illustrated book follows two families whose chance meeting leads them through gestational surrogacy...and helps answer many of the questions children of intended families and carrier families tend to have about the gestational surrogacy process.  Shadina is passionate about gestational surrogacy as an option for families who cannot safely carry a baby. Shadina is also co-owner Surrogacy Miracles Consulting in Atlanta where she helps families navigate the complexities of gestational surrogacy. Her new non-profit is designed to help financially support families - especially families of color and same sex-couples- who seek gestational surrogacy to grow their families after suffering in silence after pregnancy loss, fertility issues, and societal stigmas and shame. Gestational surrogacy is not just for celebrities! In today's episode we discuss her journey to motherhood, becoming a gestational carrier, her new book and Surrogacy Miracles agency and upcoming Brunch in Janaury 2022 in Atlanta. Click Here to Follow Shadina. Click Here for her Brunch info. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    ep234 - All About Uterine Fibroids

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 41:52


    Today's episode is another throwback episode talking about Uterine Fibroids. In today's episode we have Fibroids Activist and Health Coach, Gessie Thompson who shares her Uterine Fibroid Journey and Eliminating Fibroids through Diet and Detox.  Gessie Thompson is one of the 90% of Black Women affected by fibroids by age 50. She personally battled the epidemic for 14 years and the resulting infertility for 10 of those years to have her miracle baby Nia. Her grueling journey included 10 surgeries, five IVF cycles, a devastating miscarriage and even her heart stopping on the delivery table.  In this episode Gessie takes us back on her healing journey spiritually and physically, we both share how our hysterectomy's led to us eating a plant based diet, and how she is helping other women eliminate estrogen dominance and inflammation through her DetoxNow and Fibroid Elimination program. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    ep233 - IVF Success Story! How does IVF work?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 21:19


    For December we are throwing back to some of our favorite podcast episodes. Have you ever wondered how the IVF process works? Is IVF for you? In today's episode we have Candace Farris who has been on her infertility journey for 10 years due to Uterine Fibroids. After a failed IVF in August 2017, having her mother pass away in the middle of her IVF cycle, she is currently 10 weeks pregnant from a successful 2nd round of IVF. In this episode Candace discusses her journey to motherhood, having surgery to remove fibroids, her husband having surgery to help with sperm quality, and preparing her body for her upcoming embryo transfer. Candace had a successful embryo transfer and her daughter Victory is now 3 years old. She also discusses her vlog and youtube channel Fruitful Journey as she is documenting her entire story with us. This episode is for you to listen to if you are still in the wait for your miracle baby! Listen to this episode here: sistersinloss.com/ep233 Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    ep232 - How to move forward after Miscarriage?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 42:12


    All month long we will feature some of our favorite episodes around different topics. Today's topic is all about how to move forward after miscarriage. Rana Campbell host of Dreams in Drive Podcast who shares her miscarriage story and the cost of miscarriage from her feature in Elle. After her miscarriage in 2016 Rana found the hospital bills quickly adding up to the thousands of dollars even with insurance. In this episode Rana takes us back to how she started Dreams in Drive while grieving the loss of her baby, and how her feature helped her shed light on the financial burden of losing a child. Rana has since given birth to her rainbow baby. Congratulations Rana and thank you for sharing your story. Crystal Justice found out she was pregnant on Aug 9, 2018. On Sept 7, 2018 she was told that the pregnancy was no longer viable. Despite my HCG levels and Progesterone levels being normal her D&C was scheduled on Sept 11, 2018 which is was her partner's birthday. In this episode Crystal takes us back to that day and how her faith has helped her heal from miscarriage. Sherita Thompson experienced a miscarriage while on a trip helping friends babysit and was devastated. She returned from her trip and realized she hadn't prayed about it because she was angry and frustrated at herself. In this episode Sherita takes us on her grief journey towards healing, how her faith and prayer helped her conceive her rainbow baby a month after her miscarriage, and encouragement for those moms who are overwhelmed. Listen to this episode here: sistersinloss.com/ep232 Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    ep231 - How to Survive after Stillbirth?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 35:14


    For the rest of December long we will feature and throwback to some of our favorite Sisters in Loss podcast episodes. Today's topic is all about how to survive after stillbirth. We are featuring two of my favorite episodes of the podcast, Episode 5 with Diana Sims who shares her stillbirth story of son King, born at 36 weeks gestation, and her journey to rainbow baby Anthony. In episode 162 of the podcast Shana Anderson takes us on the journey of birthing her rainbow baby and losing her son on the same day all while grieving her stillborn daughter. Shana is raw as it is weeks after laying her son Bryce to rest. She takes us back to the day of great joy and deep sorrow of birthing a son and losing a son. Shana is taking it one day at a time and literally spoke life over herself, her womb, and baby Brayden as he was growing in her belly while taking care of a medically fragile toddler. This episode is for you to listen to if you want to know what God's grace and mercy looks like on earth in the form of strength and resilience. This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced a placenta abruption, stillbirth, or pregnancy after loss. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    Ep230 - Twin Loss in the Military with Theresa Alexis

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 50:21


    Today's guest motherhood journey did not start out as planned. She conceived two months after getting married with twins. Her and her husband were both enlisted in the Marine Corps and he was stationed in California while she stayed in North Carolina.  Theresa Alexis woke up bleeding at 20 weeks pregnant and was rushed on base to the Naval hospital where they took their time to get her back and was told her twins had no heartbeat and hopefully, she wasn't as far along as they'd thought. In this episode, Theresa takes us back to the emotions she felt in that moment, how her husband flew back to her, and the military treatment received post loss with fear, anxiety, and depression.  This episode is for you to listen to if you are a veteran and are currently enlisted in the military or have experienced a twin loss. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    Ep229 - Stillbirth, Incompetent Cervix and Transabdominal Cerclage with Amina Lively

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 53:31


    Have you heard of the term transabdominal cerclage?    A transabdominal cerclage is a small, extremely strong, woven synthetic band stitched high on the cervix. This band supports the full length of the cervix and resists the pressure the growing fetus places on it. The band prevents the cervix from opening and losing the pregnancy.   Today's guest experienced several miscarriages before giving birth to a stillborn son at 21 weeks due to an incompetent cervix.  She went on to experience a few more miscarriages and went to a fertility specialist who recommended a IUI and a transvaginal cerclage when she became pregnant.  Amina Lively ended up getting pregnant naturally with twins, but shortly after becoming pregnant she lost Baby B.  They went forward with the transvaginal cerclage, but at 18 weeks she went into labor and lost Baby A.  In this episode, Amina shares with us the birth trauma she experienced, how she researched a transabdominal cerclage and scheduled the procedure, and how she is hopeful and resilient to bring home a baby.     Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    Ep228 - My Body Betrayed Me: Overcoming Fibroids, Endometriosis, and Ovarian Cysts with Tamara Hunter

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 45:22


    Today's guest experienced her first loss of a blighted ovum that required surgery and then discovered she had fertility issues and began fertility treatments.  She then experienced another miscarriage and had the baby at home.  Tamara Hunter learned from her fertility specialist/reproductive endocrinologist that she had thrombophilia, a blood abnormality, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and ovarian cyst.  She decided to undergo surgery to strengthen her chances of conceiving with additional fertility treatments.  In this episode, Tamara shares how she perceived her body betraying her, the emotional and physical trauma she experienced, and how her infertility journey led her to become a Perinatal Mental Health therapist.    This episode is for you to listen to if you have fertility challenges and feel like your body betrayed you.   Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss TV Youtube Channel Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    Ep227 - Surviving Infertility, Mental Illness, and Involuntary Hysterectomy with Vanessa Goodar

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 33:34


    Today's guest had a daughter right after college then was married and struggled with infertility both female and male factor infertility.  Vanessa Goodar experienced two failed IVF rounds, a failed insemination, and had an involuntary hysterectomy at age 37.  These experiences caused severe psychological and emotional distress and she struggled with insomnia, anxiety, depression, and PTSD.  Her ex-husband placed her in a psychiatric facility for the homeless and uninsured due to systemic racism.  Vanessa was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder and treatment.  In this episode, Vanessa takes us back to her journey through infertility and how it triggered childhood trauma that resulted in her mental illness, going back to school to study psychology, and the Strong Black Woman syndrome.This episode is for you to listen to if you have struggled with mental illness, have fertility challenges, and are thriving. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    EP226 – Endometriosis, IVF Journey, and She Experienced with Sherelle Gilbert

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 46:08


    Have you heard of the term hydrosalpinx? Hydrosalpinx is the blockage of a woman's fallopian tube caused by a fluid buildup and dilation of the tube at its end. Most often it occurs at the fimbrial end of the tube next to the ovary, but it can also occur at the other end of the tube that attaches to the uterus. Today's guest was diagnosed with infertility after trying to conceive for a year.  She underwent surgery for hydrosalpinx and possible endometriosis which resulted in removal of both her fallopian tubes due to damage caused by endometriosis.  Sherelle Gilbert was faced with IVF being her only option for conceiving.  She went through her first round of IVF that resulted in one normal PGS tested embryo.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic cancellations delayed the transfer of her embryo.  Sherelle had a successful transfer and was excited, until she experienced a miscarriage at 7 weeks.  In this episode, Sherelle takes us back on her journey through endometriosis, IVF and the costs, and her preparing for another round of IVF in hopes of bringing home her miracle. This episode is for you to listen to if you have been diagnosed with endometriosis, experienced IVF loss, or have had blocked fallopian tubes. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    EP225 - Cervical Insufficency and Second Trimester Miscarriage with Nae Watson

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 35:42


    Have you heard of the term Cervical Insufficiency? Cervical insufficiency (also called incompetent cervix) means your cervix opens (dilates) too early during pregnancy, usually without pain or contractions. Contractions are when the muscles of your uterus get tight and then relax. They help push your baby out of your uterus during labor and birth. Today's guest experienced 3 second trimester losses due to cervical insufficiency or cervical incompetence.  She experienced her first loss at 6 weeks, another at 18 weeks, then another one at 6 weeks.  Nae Watson wasn't sure if she would ever get pregnant again and if she did she was hopeful she would bring a baby home.  She was able to conceive again and was put on baby aspirin, progesterone, and had a preventative cerclage (cervical stitch) at 14 weeks.  Nae's cerclage was taken out at 36 weeks and her baby boy was born the next day.  In this episode, Nae shares how she coped with experiencing multiple miscarriages, how the cerclage saved her son's life, and how she is blogging about her journey to motherhood. This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced miscarriage or cervical insuffiency and are interested in hearing more about cerclage. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter  

    Ep224 - Birth of Twins and Losing one Twin during Covid pandemic with Dominique Timmons

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 36:44


    COVID-19 has brought about a loneliness in pregnancy that has yet to be measured. Going to doctors appointments alone, via Zoom, and not receiving the same care priorto COVID has made navigating pregnancy difficult. Today's guest got pregnant with twins in Summer 2019 and had a healthy pregnancy until the 3rd trimester. They began telling her that Baby B was smaller than Baby A, but nothing to be concerned about as they were in two separate placentas and not sharing nutrition. Dominique Timmons had her 34th week appointment with the Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist and they suggested that she schedule her C-section for April 1, 2020. Then COVID happened and shut down everything where she had to go to doctors appointments alone. She went to her 35th week appointment and the doctor suggested steroid shots to strengthen the baby's lungs and to come back the next day for another round of shots. The doctor fell silent during the ultrasound and her husband was on facetime in the lobby knowing something was wrong. He asked the doctor if he could come back and the doctor said yes. The doctor broke the news that Baby B, their daughter Drew, heart stopped beating and she died. In this episode, Dominique takes us on the journey of extreme grief and extreme joy while she celebrates one baby and loses another on the same day. This episode is for you to listen to if you want to know how it was being pregnant and losing a baby during COVID-19. Listen to this episode here: Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    Ep223 - Uterine Fibroids, Endometriosis, and Hysterectomy with Dr. Katashia Partee Kendrick

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 38:31


    Do you know what a hysterectomy is? A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the womb (uterus). You'll no longer be able to get pregnant after the operation. If you have not already gone through the menopause, you'll no longer have periods, regardless of your age. Many women have a hysterectomy. It's more common for women aged 40 to 50.   Today's guest struggled with fibroids in her early 20s and had her first myomectomy, the removal of fibroids at 26.  Dr. Katashia Kendrick quickly found out that fibroids could grow back and had another myomectomy at 36.  Two years later her fibroids came back and she was diagnosed with endometriosis where she was always in severe, debilitating pain, blood transfusions, iron infusions (severe anemic) and no quality of life.  At age 38 Dr. Katashia decided to undergo a hysterectomy and not have children naturally, but rather through adoption.  In this episode, she shares how she made the decision to remove her uterus, the relief after, and her decision to grow her family through adoption.   This episode is for you to listen to and understand how someone would wrestle with the decision of not being able to get pregnant, and how fibroids and endometriosis does not define who you are.   Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

    Ep222 - Stillbirth, Postpartum Depression, Preeclampsia, and Serving in Pregnancy After Loss with Shanna Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 45:09


    Do you know what Stillbirth is? A stillbirth is the death or loss of a baby before or during delivery. Both miscarriage and stillbirth describe pregnancy loss, but they differ according to when the loss occurs. Today's guest experienced a stillbirth at 21 weeks followed by a missed miscarriage at 9 weeks.  She became pregnant again and experienced anxiety, had an upsetting birth experience with her son and developed postpartum depression.  Shanna Williams continued to grow her family by having another baby while her son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorder at age 2.  During that birth she secured a doula and midwife in an attempt to have a home birth, but had to be transferred to hospital care due to preeclampsia.  Shanna focused on therapy work on maternal health and became a Doula and Lactation consultant to serve families in pregnancy and parenting after loss.  In this episode, she takes us back to that moment when she heard her son didn't have a heartbeat and what inspired her PhD studies focusing on Historical trauma, Black Maternal Health Outcomes and Pregnancy after loss.   This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, postpartum depression, pre-eclampisa, or any trauma during childbirth.   Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community Sisters in Loss Instagram Sisters in Loss Facebook Sisters in Loss Twitter You can follow Erica on Social Erica's Website Erica's Instagram Erica's Facebook Erica's Twitter

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