Sisters in Loss Podcast: Miscarriage, Pregnancy Loss, & Infertility Stories

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Have you heard of Sickle Cell Anemia? Sickle cell anemia is one of a group of disorders known as sickle cell disease. Sickle cell anemia is an inherited red blood cell disorder in which there aren't enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout your body. Normally, the flexible, round red blood cells move easily through blood vessels. During pregnancy the disease can become more severe, and pain episodes can occur more often. A pregnant woman with SCD is at a higher risk of preterm labor, having a low birth weight baby or other complications. Today’s guest was diagnosed with Sickle Cell when she was a child and found out she was pregnant when she was sick and thought she had pneumonia.  Regina Jackson felt tired during the Thanksgiving Holiday and had light spotting which she thought was implantation bleeding accompanied with bad cramps.  She ended up in the ER where she was continuing to hemorrhage and bleed through the Holidays.  Regina woke up on December 30 in labor and immediately went to the ER where they had her wait for almost 2 hours to be seen.  She ended up having her baby in the bathroom by herself, and then was seen by the nurses.   In this episode Regina recounts the day she miscarried, how sickle cell anemia plays a role in pregnancy, and how she is surviving pregnancy loss. This episode is for you to listen to if you have sickle cell or know anyone with the disease.  This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced a pregnancy loss and had to learn to love yourself, live your purpose, and advocate for yourself. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement 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  
How do you Navigate Life After Pregnancy and Infant Loss? Today’s guest experienced a miscarriage at 7 weeks and her world shook upside down.  She initially didn’t think she could conceive, but was happy to find out she was expecting.  Mikell Smith was excited when she found out she was pregnant and all of her pregnancy symptoms hit her at once.  When she didn’t feel those symptoms any longer she knew something was wrong.  In this episode Mikell takes us on her journey to motherhood and how she navigates life after pregnancy loss.  She shares how she pulls herself together afterwards, the communities she joined for support, and how it inspired her to write a book Still a Mom: Navigating Life After Pregnancy Loss. This episode is for you to listen to if you have ever wondered how someone navigates life after pregnancy loss.  This episode is for you if you have experienced a miscarriage. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement 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
Have you heard of a Transabdominal Cerclage? In a transabdominal cerclage procedure, a gynecologic surgeon makes an incision in the lower abdomen near the bikini line. Through this transabdominal incision, the surgeon places a small, woven synthetic band high on the cervix. The band supports the cervix, preventing it from opening and losing the pregnancy. Today’s guest was diagnosed with PCOS and knew she would need assistance to have a family.  After trying naturally for sometime she was directed to a Fertility specialist who recommended IVF.  Michelle Byrd’s first round of IVF was a success as she was pregnant with boy girl twins, but lost them due to cervical insufficiency at 18 weeks.  She had embryos from her first IVF cycle and was able to get pregnant again after having a cerclage for cervical stitch placed at 16 weeks.  Michelle went on to lose that pregnancy at 17 weeks.  She then began searching for options to prolong her pregnancies and researched a transabdominal cerclage, a cervical stitch placed before she is trying to conceive and increases her chances of pregnancy.  In this episode Michelle takes us back to the painful moment of losing her babies due to cervical insufficiency, her decision for getting a transabdominal cerclage, and her successful frozen embryo transfer and rainbow baby pregnancy. This episode is for you to listen to if you have had cervical insufficiency or an incompetent cervix and are considering a transabdominal cerclage.  This episode is for you to listen to if you have PCOS, experienced a 2nd trimester loss, and have gone through fertility treatments. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement 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 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
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. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement 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 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  
This is the last week of Pregnancy, Infant and Child Loss Awareness Month.  All month long we will honor our babies gone to heaven far too soon.  This month is special because you get to hear from our Sisters in Loss Birth, Bereavement and Postpartum Doulas!  Yes, you get to hear the ladies share their testimonies and stories to motherhood and why they became Sisters in Loss doulas and how they liked the course.    Imagine experiencing two losses in less than two years?   Today’s guest experienced two miscarriages within 18 months.  Kayanna Mooreland-Law experienced a miscarriage at 11 weeks and birthed at home in the restroom.  She went onto experience another threatened miscarriage at 6 weeks and labored also with the pregnancy and miscarried at home.   In this episode Kayanna shares how she is surviving pregnancy loss and being in a high risk pregnancy, and how she made the decision to become a Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement Doula.   This episode is for you to listen to if you have ever experienced multiple miscarriages and delivered at home, and want to know how to turn your pain into purpose by enrolling in the Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement Doula course.  www.sistersinloss.com/doulatraining   Become a Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement 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 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
October is Pregnancy, Infant and Child Loss Awareness Month.  All month long we will honor our babies gone to heaven far too soon.  This month is special because you get to hear from our Sisters in Loss Birth, Bereavement and Postpartum Doulas!  Yes, you get to hear the ladies share their testimonies and stories to motherhood and why they became Sisters in Loss doulas and how they liked the course.  Have you heard of the term Goiter? A goiter (GOI-tur) is an abnormal enlargement of your thyroid gland. Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your neck just below your Adam's apple. Although goiters are usually painless, a large goiter can cause a cough and make it difficult for you to swallow or breathe. Today’s guest thought she was showing signs of early menopause and doctors found a goiter on her thyroid and questioned her fertility.  Shanicka Vail House stepped out on faith and created onesies as a confession of her faith that God will bless her womb.  She had one girl then two years later was blessed with another girl.  Then as the world began to shut down she experienced a miscarriage at home with extreme blood loss resulting in a blood transfusion. In this episode, Shanicka takes us back on her personal thyroid journey, miscarrying at home that resulted in a blood transfusion, and how she is surviving pregnancy loss with her faith in God and becoming a Sisters in Loss Birth & Bereavement Doula. This episode is for you to listen to if you have ever experienced a miscarriage and delivered at home, and want to know how to turn your pain into purpose by enrolling in the Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement Doula course.  www.sistersinloss.com/doulatraining Become a Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement 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 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  
October is Pregnancy, Infant and Child Loss Awareness Month. All month long we will honor our babies gone to heaven far too soon. This month is special because you get to hear from our Sisters in Loss Birth, Bereavement and Postpartum Doulas! Yes, you get to hear the ladies share their testimonies and stories to motherhood and why they became Sisters in Loss doulas and how they liked the course. Have you heard of the term Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR)? Intrauterine Growth Restriction is a condition in which a baby doesn't grow to normal weight during pregnancy. Causes of intrauterine growth restriction vary but include placenta abnormalities, high blood pressure in the mother, infections, and smoking or alcohol abuse. With this condition, a baby is born weighing less than 90 percent of other babies at the same gestational age. Today’s guest experienced two early miscarriages, and determined to become a mother lost over 130 pounds in hopes of reducing any barriers to having a healthy baby. Laura Gooch Brown was able to conceive a baby boy Jaden and during the last trimester they were diagnosed with Intrauterine Growth Restriction and Jaden would not survive. In this episode she recalls her specialists visits for different opinions and received the same prognosis.  During a scheduled amniocentesis she learned that Jaden’s heart had stopped and she had to deliver him the following day. Laura shares in this episode what it was like during her two year wait to conceive her rainbow baby boy Jordan, her pregnancy and delivery with him, and how she is giving back to her community by becoming a Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement Doula. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement 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 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
October is Pregnancy, Infant and Child Loss Awareness Month.  All month long we will honor our babies gone to heaven far too soon.  This month is special because you get to hear from our Sisters in Loss Birth, Bereavement and Postpartum Doulas!  Yes, you get to hear the ladies share their testimonies and stories to motherhood and why they became Sisters in Loss doulas and how they liked the course. Have you heard of recurrent pregnancy loss? Recurrent Pregnancy Loss is defined by two or more failed pregnancies and is considered distinct from infertility. When the cause is unknown, each pregnancy loss merits careful review to determine whether specific evaluation may be appropriate, and after two or more losses, a thorough evaluation is warranted.  Today’s guest experienced 5 miscarriages after having her baby girl, one being an ectopic pregnancy where she lost her fallopian tube, and then was diagnosed with secondary infertility.  Anesha Stanley’s first pregnancy ended with a miscarriage in 2014. Three months later she found out she was pregnant with her rainbow baby girl, Sinai. She waited two years before trying to conceive again. In 2017 we began experiencing recurrent pregnancy losses. Miscarriage #2 on January 14, 2017. An ectopic pregnancy #3, November 1, 2017 was treated with methotrexate. Anesha went onto experience two more losses and was diagnosed with secondary infertility and tubal failure.   In this episode, Anesha takes us back to what it was like experiencing the highs of finding out she was pregnant and the lows and pain of miscarriage.  She shares how she felt after being diagnosed with secondary infertility and tubal failure, and how and why she started her non profit Keys of Hope Foundation and became a Sisters in Loss Birth & Bereavement Doula. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement 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 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  
Have you heard of twin to twin transfusion syndrome? Twin to twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) is a condition that occurs only in monochorionic pregnancies — ones in which two or more genetically identical babies (usually twins) share the same placenta. Although all identical twins share a placenta, TTTS develops in about 10 to 15 percent of those pregnancies. Today’s guest experienced a stillbirth at 32 weeks, an early miscarriage, and a 22 week pregnancy ending in twin to twin transfusion.  Ebony Ford has a story to tell after moving forward with her adoption journey she found out she was pregnant with her rainbow baby girl.  That pregnancy was uneventful until 26 weeks where she came back from vacation and discovered she was in complete kidney and liver failure due to preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome.  Her micropreemie Reign Victoria was born at 26 weeks weighing 1lb 15oz and spent time in the NICU while Ebony was fighting for her life through dialysis, intubation, ventilation and more.   In this episode Ebony shares her journey through stillbirth, miscarriage, and losing twins due to twin to twin transfusion.  She also shares the day she almost lost her life and her 3 month NICU journey with Reign Victoria.  Now Ebony has turned her pain into purpose by advocating for prematurity, traumatic birth, medically fragile children and maternal health.   This episode is for you to listen to if you want to know how it is to raise a micro preemie and medically fragile child.  You should listen to this episode if you experienced a stillbirth, miscarriage, twin loss, or preeclampisa and HELLP syndrome.   Listen to this episode here: sistersinloss.com/ep169
Can you imagine getting a diagnosis that you baby is not expected to live due to their rare birth defect?   Today’s guest experienced a miscarriage at 8 weeks and then went on to conceive her rainbow baby.  At her 20 week ultrasound she received the news no parent doesn’t want to hear that her son Jaleel had a rare birth defect called Lower Urinary Tract Obstruction. LUTO is life-threatening as it damages the unborn baby’s kidneys, bladder, and causes underdeveloped lungs due to low or no amniotic fluid because of blockage in the urinary tract.  Tanisha Burke Wormley persevered with her pregnancy after being told her son Jaleel could be stillborn due to his underdeveloped lungs and kidney damage.  But God!  God saw fit for Jaleel to not only survive delivery, but also a 157 day NICU stay,  2 ER re-admissions, and 11 surgeries.  In this episode Tanisha and I share experiences of having rainbow babies with complex medical needs, how she is managing life pregnant with her rainbow baby girl and a toddler with Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease.  Become a Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement 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 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 This episode is for you to listen to if you are a mother with a child with complex medical needs and wanting to grow your family.  This episode is for you to listen to if you have had a miscarriage and/or a NICU experience.
Have you heard of congenital heart defects?   A Congenital Heart defect is an abnormality in the heart that develops before birth. Congenital heart defect is one of the most common types of birth defects. Symptoms include abnormal heart rhythms, blue-tinted skin, shortness of breath, failure to feed or develop normally, and swollen body tissue or organs. Treatments include medications to lower blood pressure and control heart rate, heart devices, catheter procedures, and surgery. Serious cases may require a heart transplant. Today’s guest experienced an infant loss due to congenital heart defect and had a miscarriage. Keivon Hardy is a childless mother who managed life with prenatal and postpartum depression, anxiety, and isolation after her infant loss and miscarriage.  When she was 20 weeks pregnant with her son she found out via a routine ultrasound that he had a congenital heart defect.  Because his case was unique the doctors weren’t able to determine exactly what his defect was until birth.  After birth, it was determined that his blood vessels were too small to be operated on and he would need to grow before they could operate.  He lived to be one month old and never came home from the NICU.  Keivon went on to conceive again only to be faced with another loss a miscarriage while on birth control.   In today’s episode, Keivon takes us back to when she found out her son had a congenital heart defect, how she dealt with prenatal and postnatal depression, and losing her son and then having a miscarriage while on birth control. This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced a infant loss due to congenital heart defect or a miscarriage while on birth control. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement 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 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
​Do you know what a placenta abruption is? Placental abruption occurs when the placenta detaches from the inner wall of the womb before delivery. The condition can deprive the baby of oxygen and nutrients. Symptoms include vaginal bleeding, belly pain, and back pain in the last 12 weeks of pregnancy. Depending on the degree of placental separation and how close the baby is to full-term, treatment may include bed rest or a cesarean section. According to the American Pregnancy Association (APA), if severe abruption occurs, 15% ends in fetal death. Infants who survive have a 40-50% chance of developing long-term health complications. Today’s guest had a placenta abruption at 36 weeks gestation due to preeclampsia. Vanessa Robinson experienced severe bleeding losing 4 liters of blood and needed blood transfusions to survive. Her son died 4 minutes into being rushed to the hospital from severe bleeding. In this episode Vanessa takes us back to the moment she knew something was wrong, how she grieved her loss while fighting for her life, and how depression post loss lead her to research and start her own nonprofit to bring awareness, support, and education about the racial disparities against women color in the medical field. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement 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 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
Have you heard of the term blighted ovum or chemical pregnancy? A blighted ovum occurs when a fertilized egg implants in the uterus but doesn't develop into an embryo. It is also referred to as an an embryonic (no embryo) pregnancy and is a leading cause of early pregnancy failure or miscarriage. Often it occurs so early that you don't even know you are pregnant. Today’s guest experienced a chemical pregnancy and an early miscarriage around 11 weeks. Sonia Killebrew @soniajkillebrew leaned on her skills as a doula and holistic health coach to walk her through her losses. Each loss held its own grief as she walked together with her husband, but her second pregnancy loss was grieved at a distance due to her military husband being deployed. Sonia had to learn how to communicate her needs, and she self healed holistically through herbal treatments that helped her process the loss mindfully. In this episode, Sonia takes us back on her journey to motherhood and shares what it was like to birth two angels in the first trimester. She shares how her training as a doula and student midwife has called her deeper into women’s wellness especially every phase of birth, and how Doulas are needed and essential especially in pregnancy loss. This episode is for you to listen to if you have ever experienced a blighted ovum or chemical pregnancy. This episode is for you to listen to to understand how a doula is essential in all stages of pregnancy and loss. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement 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 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  
Have you heard of HELLP Syndrome? HELLP Syndrome is a life-threatening pregnancy complication usually considered to be a variant of preeclampsia. Both conditions usually occur during the later stages of pregnancy, or sometimes after childbirth.  Today’s guest was diagnosed HELLP syndrome at just 23 weeks pregnant.  Trashaun Powell was immediately taken to the intensive care unit and was shocked to find out that their baby girl, Mia Jane, would have to be delivered to save her life.  Mia was 1 lb and 1 oz at delivery and passed away the next day.  Trashaun spent another 2 weeks in the hospital after losing Mia fighting for her own life.  In this episode Traushaun takes us back to the moment of finding out she had HELLP syndrome and could die if she didn’t deliver immediately.  She shares how this traumatic birth and loss has empowered her to advocate for preeclampsia and fighting racial disparities for BIPOC. This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced Preeclampsia or HELLP Syndrome and have lost a micropreemie in the NICU. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement 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 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
Have you heard of male factor infertility? Male factor infertility is due to low sperm production, abnormal sperm function or blockages that prevent the delivery of sperm. Illnesses, injuries, chronic health problems, lifestyle choices and other factors can play a role in causing male infertility. Of all infertility cases, approximately 40–50% is due to “male factor” infertility and as many as 2% of all men will exhibit suboptimal sperm parameters. Today’s guest shares her journey as a wife through male infertility. TJ Peyten discovered 5 years into marriage and trying to conceive that her husband had male factor infertility. Male infertility was already a taboo subject and even more not talked about amongst black couples. Frustrated at the lack of support and resources available for those struggling with male infertility, TJ used her journal as an outlet to deal with the pain. After several years of coping with their infertility through her journal, TJ finally got the courage to share her story with the world through her book Semen Secrets: Truths and Confessions of a Wife's Journey Through Male Infertility. In today’s episode, TJ takes us back on her journey trying to conceive, journaling her thoughts on male infertility, how it effects relationships, and how she conceived and had her rainbow baby in 2019. This episode is for you to listen to if your partner has suffered from male factor infertility, and how to hold onto hope through infertility.  Become a Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement 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 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
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 and Bereavement 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 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 Did you like this episode? Give us a Review! APPLE PODCAST STITCHER  
It's my Anniversary! Yes, August 2020 makes 3 Years of the @SistersinLoss podcast! 3 Years, 161 Episodes, Over 150 Guests, and 5000+ hours of black sisters and brothers in loss sharing stories of loss, infertility challenges, rainbow babies, IVF successes, Surrogacy, Abortion, Adoption, Grief, Healing, and so much more! Today's episode is a solo episode where I get candid about some changes in my personal life like moving from Virginia to Maryland (Hey DMV, Hey Baltimore). I also share 3 ways I have been consistent in podcasting for these three years. From my voice to God's ears I share what I hope to see in the next year of podcasting and for you to join our newsletter to learn more about our upcoming Sisters in Loss Digital Summit! This episode is for you to listen to if you have ever dropped the ball, picked it back up, took the shot, missed, and finally made it KOBE style! I share how to stay consistent even when you feel like giving up. 
Today’s guest was diagnosed in her early 20s with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome where her doctor told her she had zero eggs and almost no lining in her uterus making it not viable to carry a baby to term. Whitney Vaughn then made the proper diet changes and in September 2018 found out she was pregnant. At 28 weeks along she did not detect a heartbeat on her home doppler and went to the hospital to be faced with the same news her baby passed away in utero. In this episode Whitney takes us back to those moments of delivering her stillbirth baby, her first Mother’s day after loss, finding out she was pregnant with her rainbow baby, and delivering and mothering her rainbow baby. This episode is for you to listen to if you have ever been counted out by doctors for your diagnosis and are holding onto hope for your rainbow baby. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement 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 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
Imagine having your next round of IVF cancelled due to COVID-19. Today’s guest was diagnosed with unexplained infertility after many years trying.  She experienced 3 unsuccessful IUIs and 1 cancelled IUI, and 1 IVF cycle that resulted in a miscarriage.  Crystal Simpson, a military wife went off birth control about 6 months after getting married.  She knew something was wrong and went to her OB/GYN for testing, but the testing showed no issues and she was recommended to a Reproductive Endocrinologist for an Intrauterine Insemination or IUI. After 3 IUIs and 1 cancelled IUI none of them resulted in a positive pregnancy test.  Crystal was determined to become a mother and decided to undergo IVF all while moving and travelling back and forth from Kansas to Maryland.  After having a fresh transfer with her last viable embryo she went in for her 8 week ultrasound only to find out her baby boy was measuring at 5 weeks and she was miscarrying.  In this episode Crystal takes us back on her journey through IUI and IVF all while moving as a military wife, how her family and friends supported her, and how God’s timing is perfect even in this pandemic. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement 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 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
Imagine healing from miscarriages only to be faced with your IVF treatment being postponed due to COVID-19. Today's guest shares her painful journey of experiencing two miscarriages and deciding to undergo fertility treatment. Joanna Pendergrass shares in this episode how she grieved her unborn children. Her failed IVF treatment, her second round of treatment and not being able to undergo embryo transfer due to COVID-19, and how she is not giving up hope on this journey to parenthood. This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced miscarriages, have gone through a failed IVF experienced, and have felt like giving up hope on your journey to parenthood. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement 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 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
Imagine experiencing loss of twins at 7 months and then 5 other miscarriages to have your rainbow baby? Today's guest is the connector of a new book collaboration with Angel Moms called "Don't Struggle in Silence - I am a Victor" out now. In this episode Ashley Pittman shares her story and journey of twin loss and miscarriage and how it empowered her to be an advocate for angel moms, families, and relationships. She connected 5 other ladies as collaborators for her new book where they each share their story of not struggling in silence. Ashley shares her vision behind this new book project and how each of the collaborators stories play a pivotal role in showing they are victorious after loss. You will also here in this episode stories from Dadriaunna Hayes, Dartesha Davis, and Janell Jones. This episode is for your to listen to if you felt like you have struggled in silence on your journey and for you to be inspired from these ladies stories and book collaboration. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement 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 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
From miscarriage to maternal health advocate and becoming a doula. Today's guest shares how she suffered from depression and anxiety after having a miscarriage at 14 weeks. Kia Livingston had to lean on God and her support system to get out of a very dark place after suffering a miscarriage at 14 weeks. She turned her pain into purpose and became a doula and maternal health advocate. In this episode she takes us back on her journey to motherhood, how she overcame depression after her loss, and how her work as a doula is helping her advocate for black maternal health. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement 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 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
What does life after infant loss and birth trauma look like? Today's guest shares in this episode what life after miscarriage and trading beauty for ashes means and more. Dadriaunna Hayes lost her son at 24 weeks gestation due to cervical incompetence and experienced birth trauma. She went into pre-term labor and the hospital she was at did not have a NICU or Labor and Delivery center so she had to be transferred. Once transferred she endured a cerclage, 2 epidurals in 48 hours, allergic reaction to the labor medications, and ultimately birthed her baby boy who died shortly after entering into the world. In this episode, Dadriaunna takes us back on her journey to motherhood, she shares how she almost lost her life and how her husband advocated for her, and how she created a digital space for millennial moms of color to trade beauty for ashes with God. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement 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 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
Six Miscarriages later today's guest was determined to find out what was the cause. Royale Walters tenacity and resilience led her to discover that she had celiac's auto immune disease a condition which gives you a gluten intolerance and it led to her miscarriages. In today's episode, she shares how the gluten was attacking her body while she was pregnant, how she changed her diet and saw immediate results, and how food has changed her way she approaches fertility. This episode is for you to listen to if you have had recurrent miscarriages and are interested in how food like gluten play a role in your fertility. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement 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 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
So you want to be a doula?  What does a doula do?  How can I become one?  How much does it cost?  If you want answers to these questions and more this episode is for you.  I’m excited to launch our 2nd Cohort of the Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement Doula training and certification program.  This doula certification program will run for 6 weeks beginning on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 8pm EST.  For more information on how to register go to sistersinloss.com/doulatraining.  In today’s episode I share what a doula is, the different types of doulas, doula certification programs that support black mamas and birthing persons, and the costs to become certified.  This episode is for you to listen to if you have wanted to become a doula and are not sure where to start.  Stay tuned until the end for a special discount code just for the Sisters in Loss listeners who want to become a Sisters in Loss doula. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement 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 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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Podcast Details

Created by
Erica M. McAfee
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Nov 25th, 2020
Latest Episode
Nov 25th, 2020
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
179
Avg. Episode Length
34 minutes
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic
Language
Afar

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