At Homecoming, we address two myths: 1) Hospitals are the safest place to give birth and 2) Black families don't birth at home. We broadcast how Black families birth in love and choose to birth at home, unassisted or with midwives. We interview parents, birth workers, cloth diaper enthusiasts and also feature stories of hospital transfer during planned home births and even stories of loss. Join us as we discover Black homebirth stories in the context of the national crisis in maternal and infant health. In spite of the statistics, we DO have beautiful births!
Chae, Mensa, and the Homebirth of Masara Mensah
Our co-host Chae Pounds just had a baby this March 2021! Chae and her husband Mensa tell us the story of Masara Mensah who was born at home. Chae is a mother of 4 and an apprentice midwife in New Orleans who also works with Birthmark Doula Collective. Mensa is a father, recording artist, school teacher, and an advocate of homebirth. Their story addresses iron-deficiency anemia in pregnancy, prodromal labor, and the important role fathers play in family birth.
Talise and Arsalaan's Surprise Twin Homebirth!
Isis and Chae interview Atlanta-based married couple, Talise and Arsalaan (formerly known as Deron). All 6 of their children were born at home including their surprise breech twins! Talise is a consultant who encourages women to birth their way, re-normalizes natural homebirth, and educates women about their pregnancy and birthing options. Talise is also an author. Her book, “Home is Where The Birth Is: The Stories of my 6 Homebirths and How You Can Do it Too,” is now available for purchase on Amazon.
Giving Birth to a Spirit: Miscarriage as Homebirth with Ellenie Cruz
Ellenie’s homebirth story is special because it centers her miscarriage which she frames not as a pregnancy loss but rather a gain. Through her experience, Ellenie saw the impact and importance of community and of birth work. She also recognizes that birthing people who experience miscarriage still require postpartum care! Ellenie is a New Orleans-based healer and founder of Ascencion Art, the NOLA herb gathering, and the Atabey School of Cultural Healing. Follow her @asc3nsion_art and @oshunsgarden
Unpacking Medical and Obstetric Racism with Dr. Dana-Ain Davis
Isis and Chae interview Dr. Dana-Ain Davis who discusses her book Reproductive Injustice, as well as how medicalized childbirth is an extension of slavery, how racism is a risk factor for all Black birthing people, and why we need more radical birth workers.
Answering the Call of Midwifery with Nubia Martin
Isis and Chae interview Nubia Martin a Black midwife based in Yonkers, NY. Nubia is the proud mother of 5. Her first 2 babies were born in the hospital. And her last 3 were born at home with midwives. Nubia serves her community by providing childbirth education, lactation support, and now midwifery care and other services through her organization Birth from the Earth, Inc.
Doula Shayla Brown's Homebirth Story
Shayla is a wife, a mother of 4 (with 1 on the way!) and an advocate for natural birth options for Black women. Shayla has given birth naturally 4 times: Once in a hospital, twice at home with midwives and doulas, and once assisted only by her husband. Shayla believes that with the help of God, access to knowledge, and strong support systems, trauma-free birth is abundantly available to Black women.