32 episodes

NATAL passes the mic to Black families to hear all about their journey to parenthood in their own words. Our second season follows four parents in rural Mississippi, Iowa and Hawaii as they birth new lives and legacies exactly where they are. Interwoven by narrative interludes, this 10-part story album features the birthworkers, medical professionals and advocates caring for Black rural families at every stage of pregnancy and beyond.

NATAL You Had Me at Black, The Woodshaw

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.2 • 597 Ratings

NATAL passes the mic to Black families to hear all about their journey to parenthood in their own words. Our second season follows four parents in rural Mississippi, Iowa and Hawaii as they birth new lives and legacies exactly where they are. Interwoven by narrative interludes, this 10-part story album features the birthworkers, medical professionals and advocates caring for Black rural families at every stage of pregnancy and beyond.

    Chapter One: Getting It Right

    Chapter One: Getting It Right

    Eight months pregnant during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, Shayla and Erick Brown return home to rural Mississippi for a chance to finally get it right.

    • 29 min
    Chapter Two: Finding Home

    Chapter Two: Finding Home

    Anasia Sturdivant and Ciara Hunter leave city life behind to find new places to call home.

    • 22 min
    Interlude: The Alabama Birth Collective

    Interlude: The Alabama Birth Collective

    Meet the founding members of The Alabama Birth Collective.

    • 7 min
    Chapter Three: Body Talk

    Chapter Three: Body Talk

    The moments that (re)introduced Shayla, Erick and Anasia to their bodies.

    • 20 min
    Chapter Four: The Southern Spark

    Chapter Four: The Southern Spark

    Fannie Lou Hamer, Southern freedom fighter and one of the oldest Black-founded towns in the country spark The Browns' most transformational decision yet.

    • 35 min
    Chapter Five: Anasia's Journey

    Chapter Five: Anasia's Journey

    Taking matters into her own hands, Anasia charts new pathways to parenthood uniquely her own.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
597 Ratings

597 Ratings

NickyKnowsNotary ,

The Best Voice for US

So grateful for this podcast

JJBeeperKing ,

Required listening for any and all medical students

Much respect for this necessary journalism

acohl ,

Taught me so much

This was one one my absolute favorite podcasts to come out in 2020. I truly learned so much and found the format really engaging and welcoming, too. I can’t wait for a season two and hope we get to hear one!

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