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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 four times more than white women according to the NIH and CDC. Whether you have experienced a miscarriage, infant loss, stillbirth, are trying to conceive or have an infertility diagnosis, you will learn about resources and strategies to heal, gain clarity, peace, hope, and find an empowering path forward after loss. Join Erica ...
 
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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 …
 
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 …
 
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 gran…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 we…
 
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, th…
 
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 jo…
 
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 l…
 
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 …
 
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 tod…
 
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 mot…
 
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 Si…
 
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 properl…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 f…
 
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 do…
 
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 spousa…
 
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 gues…
 
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 ec…
 
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 b…
 
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 dec…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 technolo…
 
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 boo…
 
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 th…
 
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 …
 
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 quick…
 
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 jour…
 
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 …
 
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 expe…
 
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 abnorma…
 
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 …
 
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 infe…
 
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. …
 
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 …
 
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. Tod…
 
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 a…
 
Have you heard of Dr. Shalon’s Maternal Action Project? Dr. Shalon’s Maternal Action Project (DSMAP) is an Atlanta-based nonprofit created in honor of Dr. Shalon Irving, who passed away from complications due to childbirth and was a fierce health equity advocate. Our mission is to increase awareness of the Black maternal health crisis and develop a…
 
Today’s guest feels like she has faced it all. From being diagnosed with Endometriosis and Fibroids. To battling this infertility with fertility treatments including 9 failed IVF cycles, two surgeries, multiple miscarriages, a failed attempt at surrogacy, one egg donor, and a successful adoption of a son. Candace Clark Trinicheri had many setbacks …
 
After experiencing a spontaneous abortion and six months later being faced with another loss that resulted from a ectopic pregnancy and one less fallopian tube today’s guest was shattered and disappointed. Tiana Rogers grieved her losses and five months later after her ectopic loss she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. There were no words t…
 
Do you know what a missed miscarriage is? A missed (or silent) miscarriage is one where the baby has died or not developed, but has not been physically miscarried. In many cases, there has been no sign that anything was wrong, so the news can come as a complete shock. Today’s guest experienced a missed miscarriage with twins after having three daug…
 
Do you know the symptoms of stillbirth? Stopping of fetal movement and kicks. Spotting or bleeding. No fetal heartbeat heard with a stethoscope or Doppler. No fetal movement or heartbeat seen on ultrasound, which makes the definitive diagnosis that a baby is stillborn. Today’s guest experienced some of these symptoms going into her 7 month of pregn…
 
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