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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 M. McAfee weekly as she interviews Sisters in Loss who have healed from such a painful and traumatic experience by sharing their testimonies to inspire and help others to turn their pain into their purpose.

Sisters in Loss Podcast: Miscarriage, Pregnancy Loss, & Infertility Stories Erica M. McAfee

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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 M. McAfee weekly as she interviews Sisters in Loss who have healed from such a painful and traumatic experience by sharing their testimonies to inspire and help others to turn their pain into their purpose.

    Ep207 - The Baby I Prayed For, the Angel I Received with Christina Williams

    Ep207 - The Baby I Prayed For, the Angel I Received with Christina Williams

    How many of us have prayed that Hannah prayer for a baby?
    Today’s guest, experienced 4 miscarriages and one stillbirth and is on a mission to inform others of pregnancy and infant loss and help parents who have lost their precious babies. Christina Williams is a PAIL advocate and CEO of C.H.L.O.E. her non profit organization around pregnancy and infant loss.  After experiencing her stillbirth Christina had a partial hysterectomy as a result, and in this episode she shares her experiences with her miscarriages, and her book “The Baby I Prayed For, the Angel I Received.”
    This episode is for you to listen to if you have prayed for a baby and received an angel.
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    Ep206 - When the Heartbeat Stops with JaRonda Dockett

    Ep206 - When the Heartbeat Stops with JaRonda Dockett

    What happens when the heartbeat stops?  What happens when doctors say “there is nothing we can do?”
     
    Today’s guest experienced two miscarriages outside of the hospital one at a rental car facility and the other at home.  JaRonda Dockett has Sickle Cell Anemia and was considered high risk because of the blood disease, being diagnosed with gestational diabetes and bacterial vaginosis when she became pregnant.  She went to take her rental car back to the facility and miscarried in their restroom.  JaRonda shares in this episode how she had to process her grief and learn her loss was a birth, finding out she was pregnant again and overcoming the trauma of her first loss, and miscarrying her second baby at home.  She turns her pain into purpose by sharing her experiences in her book When the Heartbeat Stops.
     
    This episode is for you to listen to if you have Sickle Cell Anemia, have been considered high risk, and want to know what do you do When the Heartbeat stops?
     
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    • 48 min
    Ep205 - Life After Loss with Theresa Mitchell

    Ep205 - Life After Loss with Theresa Mitchell

    When you suffer the loss of a baby there is no formula or checklist to grieve and heal.  Grief is such a unique journey that presents itself differently in each individual.  Life After Loss can be a roller coaster of emotions filled with anxiety, anger, sadness, and love frustrated.  

    Today’s guest is using her loss experience to bring light and truth to the struggles faced by black and brown women as they quietly struggle through miscarriage, infant loss, and infertility.  Theresa Mitchell is using her story to create a documentary on Life After Loss and in this episode she shares how she suffered three miscarriages, had her rainbow baby, and discusses the struggles, complications, and inadequate care black and brown birthing people face in hospitals and wellness centers all over America and the world.

    Today’s episode if you want to know how to navigate Life After Loss.  Be sure to check out the show notes for a Free Downloadable Life After Loss guide HERE!

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    Ep204 - Endometriosis, Education, and Advocacy with Samantha Sanders

    Ep204 - Endometriosis, Education, and Advocacy with Samantha Sanders

    Endometriosis or Endo, as some of us like to call it, is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus, often resulting in chronic pain and other symptoms. It’s not very widely understood, so seeing other people who understand it is like finding gold.
    In today’s episode we are discussing advocacy around endometriosis.  Today’s guest was diagnosed with endometriosis At the age of 24, Samantha Sanders @_samanthadenae_ was diagnosed with Endometriosis and has since began her mission to educate young ladies and women around the world.  We discuss how Black people are less likely to get our endometriosis diagnosed, how doctors are less likely to believe us about our pain, and how Endometriosis can overlap with other conditions that Black people are more likely to have.
    This episode is for you to listen to learn more about Endometriosis and how you can be an advocate for yourself and others.
    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
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    • 37 min
    Ep203 - PCOS, Thyroid Removal, and Miscarriage with Sasha Palin

    Ep203 - PCOS, Thyroid Removal, and Miscarriage with Sasha Palin

    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.
    Today’s episode is sponsored by AVA Women.  Our listeners receive $20 off the AVA fertility tracker using code AVASISTERS.  Go to avawomen.com and use the code AVASISTERS for $20 off the fertility tracker.
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    • 32 min
    Ep202 - Miscarrying Twins and Postpartum Depression with Shirley Hargett

    Ep202 - Miscarrying Twins and Postpartum Depression with Shirley Hargett

    May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness month today's episode focuses on Postpartum Depression.
    Postpartum Depression is defined as depression that occurs after childbirth. Those who develop postpartum depression are at greater risk of developing major depression later on in life. Symptoms might include insomnia, loss of appetite, intense irritability, and difficulty bonding with the baby. Untreated, the condition may last months or longer. Treatment can include counseling, antidepressants, or hormone therapy.
    Today’s guest experienced Postpartum depression after having her first son and didn’t believe in it until it happened to her.  Shirley Hargett did not know she was experiencing postpartum depression and was ashamed to get the help she needed.  She showed up to her son’s pediatrician office for an appointment he did not have and they reached out to her OB/GYN to get the help she needed.  After surviving through PPD Shirley went on to have another child, and experienced loss of a daughter and miscarrying identical twins in which she experienced postpartum depression again.  
    In this episode, Shirley takes us back to the signs and symptoms she experienced with postpartum depression, gives us the warning signs on how it shows up after loss, and grieving with PPD.
    This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced Postpartum depression, loss, and want to know the signs and symptoms and how to seek help.
    Today's episode is sponsored by AVA Women.  Our listeners receive $20 off the AVA fertility tracker using code AVASISTERS.  Go to avawomen.com and use the code AVASISTERS for $20 off the fertility tracker.
    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
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