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, planning an unassisted birth also known as a family birth, prodromal labor, the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on postpartum, a postpartum "soup diet" and how even when birth is normal we can become anxious or overwhelmed by what's happening.
Talise and Arsalaan's Surprise Twin Homebirth!
Isis and Chae interview Talise and her husband Arsalaan (formerly known as Deron). All 6 of their children were born at home including their surprise breech twins! Talise Xavier, of Atlanta, Georgia, is a wife, mother of six, author, and homemaker. Talise uses her birth experiences and expertise to help empower other women as a Natural pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Postpartum care advocate. Her mission is to encourage women to birth their way, re-normalize natural homebirth, and educate women about their pregnancy and birthing options. Talise’s 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.
Get in Touch with Talise
Facebook: Talise Homebirth Queen
Giving Birth to a Spirit: Miscarriage as Homebirth with Ellenie Cruz
TRIGGER WARNING: Mention of miscarriage, abortion, D&C and blood loss.
This episode features 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 educator, artist, poet, doula, student midwife, herbalist, and reiki master. She promotes ancestral practices to heal self, family, and community. Ellenie is the founder of Ascencion Art, the organizer of the NOLA herb gathering, and the Atabey School of Cultural Healing where she teaches herbalism classes to self-identified BIPOC. 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
In this Season 3 premiere episode, Isis and Chae interview Nubia Martin a Black midwife based in Yonkers, NY. Nubia is the proud mother of 5 -- two daughters and three sons. Her first 2 babies were born in the hospital. And her last 3 were born at home with midwives. After seeing a need in her community, Nubia has actively worked to fill that need by providing necessary childbirth education, lactation support, and now midwifery care to a population that has been historically disenfranchised and to this day still feels the effects of segregation and racial health disparities. Her organization, Birth from the Earth, Inc., activates and engages the community through perinatal education, comprehensive trainings, inclusion, and holistic care. For more information please visit her website and follow her on instagram @birthfromtheearth.
Art of Birthing
Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth by Dana-Ain Davis
Doula Shayla Brown's Homebirth Story
In this season finale episode, Isis and Chae interview Shayla Brown, community doula, childbirth educator and founder of Genesis Birthing and Living. Chae calls Shayla a "pioneer woman" because she broke new ground in mothering in her family. She was the first in her family to have a home birth, to breastfeed, and to embrace natural, unmedicated childbirth as a preference and strategy for survival. 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. While Shayla acknowledges the obstacles against Black women birthing, she does not accept them. Shayla she has overcome enough of those obstacles to believe that with the help of God, access to knowledge, and strong support systems, trauma-free birth is abundantly available to Black women.
Visit Shayla's online Training Academy below:
Follow Shayla on social:
A blessing 💙
We need this information out here! Keep going because this will impact many ✊🏽
I had a Homebirth!
I just want to say thank you!!!!!! I had little to no knowledge about homebirths but I knew I wanted one. I wanted to experience natural birth and all its’ beauty. I needed support since most of my family either didn’t know or wasn’t for it. I’m also a plus size woman so having a doula and a midwife ended up being the best decision for me and my baby. I knew what questions to ask and what to expect. When I got discouraged I listened everyday all day if I had to. Listening to this podcast gave me confidence and tools to give birth at my home. Baby Cairo was born healthy Jan. 7th 2021!!! Thank you again!!!!
Important and powerful Black voices in birth
We need more work like this in our world. Thank you, Homecoming podcast, for amplifying Black voices in the broken hospital & healthcare system in the United States. Do not miss this podcast!